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Council set to adopt $3.7 billion budget

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The City Council is scheduled to formally adopt Portland's next budget on Thursday.

According to an ordinance submitted by Mayor Charlie Hales, the budget for the fiscal year that begins on July 1 totals $3.7 billion.

Hales has described the budget as back to basics, emphasizing street maintenance, safety improvements and increased services for young people.

The ordinance can be read here here.

The budget includes an increase of $49 million in general fund dollars, the source of funding the council has the most control over.

The council has approved $20 million of that increase for transportation maintenance and safety improvement projects. Those projects include $4.69 million for safety improvements on 122nd Avenue that TriMet has said will result in frequent bus service being scheduled along that route.

The council also has approved $2 million requested by Hales to expand opportunities for young people at community centers. The program began with free admission last weekend at the Matt Dishman Community Center operated by Portland Parks & Recreation at 77 N.E. Knott St.

Free programs will expand to the PP&R’s East Portland, St. Johns and Mount Scott community centers later this summer as well.

“We have a crisis of gun violence and youth violence in our community, and one answer to that is to get upstream in the lives of our kids,” Hales says. “That means letting them pick up a soccer ball or a paint brush, a pen or a guitar, a job skill or a résumé. The more of these safe, positive activities we can provide for them, the better.”

The budget also includes millions to start planning the renovation of the Portland Building that houses city bureaus. The total cost is estimated at $175 million.