October 28th, 2010 5:33 pm | by BETH SLOVIC News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, City Hall

Mayor Promotes "Flexible" Neighborhood Spending

Mayor Sam Adams

Mayor Sam Adams and Portland city commissioners will meet tomorrow for a budget "retreat" at City Hall. And one topic up for discussion is a real head-scratcher—it's called "flexible neighborhood spending."

Unclear about what that means? At least some portion of tomorrow's televised retreat will be devoted just to clarifying the concept. That's because on Tuesday the mayor asked some City of Portland employees to evaluate various city bureau budgets and determine the extent to which different line items are "flexible." The deadline for their assignment? Tomorrow.

Only certain city bureaus will participate, adding another layer of head-scratch-worthy questions.

Flexible neighborhood spending

Still confused? Have no fear. Come January the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability will publish the results of this budget exercise in the Curbsider, the bureau's semi-annual newsletter.

A spokesman for the mayor referred questions about the budget exercise to the Office of Management and Finance, which is still researching why some bureaus are participating and others aren't.
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