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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 the budget.”

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

The 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

Portland Interim 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