A $25 million hole in the city budget isn't stopping Portland City Commissioners from seeking one-time funding for projects outside city bureaus.
WW first reported yesterday that the city's budget shortfall doesn't include $6.4 million in one-time funds doled out by City Council last year. Mayor Charlie Hales has asked all 27 city bureaus to cut 10 percent out of their budget requests.
The deadline for making special appropriations requests was yesterday, and two commissioners made big asks.
Commissioner Dan Saltzman has made a $1 million request to build an early-learning wing at Earl Boyles Elementary School in David Douglas School District.
The request describes the proposed early-learning wing as a statewide model.
"It will transform Earl Boyles into a learning laboratory to develop and test new practices that have been identified as key levers to close the achievement gap," Saltzman's request says. "It will serve as a scalable model for superintendents, decision-makers and education stakeholders working to implement similar efforts in their communities."
Commissioner Amanda Fritz is asking to discuss $718,000 in one-time money for services ranging from the Rose Festival to Janus Youth Programs' campaign against human trafficking.
Fritz emphasized that she's not making an official request.
"We are not formally requesting that these special appropriations be funded in this year's budget," says the email to the City Budget Office from Fritz's staff, "but are putting down a marker to allow further conversation as we proceed through the budget process."
Here's the full list of items Fritz wants considered, and the amount of money they received from the city last year:
Portland Rose Festival Foundation - $70,000
Police Activities League - $70,000
VOZ Workers Rights Education Project - $25,000
CASH Oregon Free Tax Preparation - $75,000
Needle Exchange Program - $65,000
Janus Youth Program - Human Trafficking - $247,000
SE Works - $40,000
LifeWorks NOW Program - $100,000
Restorative Justice Program, Parkrose - $26,897