Portland Mayor Charlie Hales released his 2013-14 budget proposal, cutting 183 staff positions as a partial fix to the city's projected $21.5 million funding gap.
Pruning the equivalent of 183 full-time jobs from the city’s workforce of about 5,800 amounts to a significant 3 percent overall staff reduction. However, Hales estimated that many of those reductions will be achieved by eliminating vacant positions. An unknown number of workers also are expected to take advantage of the city’s new early-retirement option, which will also alleviate the need for layoffs.
Hales proposed to eliminate city funding of two popular programs, mounted horse patrols and the Buckman swimming pool, and close down the Office of Healthy Working Rivers.
Read more at The Portland Tribune.