|Portland Voters Approve FY2017 School Budget
Portland voters on Tuesday, May 10, approved the
Portland Public Schools’ $103.6 million budget for fiscal year 2017.
Portland Interim Superintendent Jeanne Crocker issued the following
statement in response:
"Thank you, Portland voters, for supporting the Portland
Public Schools by approving our proposed budget for the 2016-2017 school
year. This budget puts students first, values our employees and
respects taxpayers. The district is proud to have met those goals,
despite the fact the budget contains $1.4 million less in state
education aid than this year’s budget. We kept the expenditure increase
in this budget to less than 1 percent and the tax rate increase to 2
percent. We did that by realigning and repurposing some resources to
realize efficiencies and savings. We made cuts, but strategic ones that
minimize the impact on teaching and learning. At the same time, this
budget continues our plan to expand our pre-kindergarten program to
promote student achievement, retains our close-to-ideal class sizes and
contains increased funding for personnel costs. This budget is both
fiscally responsible and true to the priorities of our community, and
we’re grateful to Portland residents for recognizing that and supporting
According to unofficial results from the office of the City
Clerk, the vote to approve the budget was 921 in favor and 558 against.
School Budget Referendum Set for May 10
The city of Portland will hold a special municipal election on Tuesday, May 10, for Portland residents to vote on the FY2017 school budget. The polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
The City Council voted on May 2 to approve the school budget and send it to referendum May 10 for final approval by the public.
The $103.6 million FY2017 school budget passed by the council was recommended by the Portland Board of Public Education. Board Finance Committee Chair Anna Trevorrow describes the budget package as "financially responsible" while also
remaining "true to the priorities of the district."
The budget contains about $1.4 million less in state education aid than the district received for the current fiscal year. It would increase expenditures by .8 percent and require a 2 percent tax rate increase. It would add 21 cents to the property tax rate in Portland, or $21 per $100,000 of the assessed value of a Portland home.
Absentee ballots for the May 10 school budget referendum are available in the City Clerk’s office.
For voters going to the polls: Based on your residency, you must vote at your designated polling place for the May 10 school budget referendum. For more information call 874-8677 or go to www.portlandvoters.com to locate your correct polling place.
School Board Recommends FY2017 Budget to City Council
Portland Board of Public Education on March 29 voted unanimously to
recommend a $103.6 million FY2017 school budget to the City Council. The
amount of state education aid that Portland will receive for the budget
is expected to be about $1.4 million less than the district received for
the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. The school board’s budget
proposal would increase expenditures by .8 percent and require a 2
percent tax rate increase. It would add 21 cents to the
property tax rate in Portland, or $21 per $100,000 of the assessed value
of a Portland home. School board Finance Committee Chair Anna Trevorrow
said the budget proposal is "financially responsible" while also
remaining "true to the priorities of the district." The budget next goes
to the City Council, which will hold a final vote on it May 2. The council’s
recommendation will go to voters in a referendum on May 10.
School Board's recommended budget.
Finance Committee Sends Its FY2017 Budget to School Board
The Portland Board of Public Education's Finance Committee on March 17 held a public hearing and
vote to recommend its FY2017 budget to the Portland Board of Public
Education (school board). The Finance Committee’s proposed budget
includes an additional $1.34 million in state aid. That increase, still
about $1.4 million less than Portland received for the current school
year, was announced by the state after the superintendent’s budget was
proposed March 8. The Finance Committee's proposed budget would increase
expenditures by .8 percent and require a 2 percent tax rate increase.
Below is a link to the Finance Committee’s budget proposal.
FY17 Finance Committee's Recommended Budget
Superintendent Presents FY2017 Budget
Superintendent Jeanne Crocker has proposed a budget for FY2017 that keeps the Portland Public Schools on a positive course while making strategic reductions to address a projected $2.7 million reduction in state aid to the district. The budget proposal puts student learning first, invests in staff and respects the support of city residents. Below is a link to the superintendent's March 8 budget presentation.
FY17 Board Presentation