Finger pointing over Portland budget gaff

Finger pointing over Portland budget gaff

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by Randy Neves

kgw.com

Posted on May 10, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 11 at 2:36 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A budget meltdown at Portland City Hall sent Mayor Sam Adams back to the drawing board Monday.

Adams says his police chief was spending money without his knowledge.

The day started with Police Chief Rosie Sizer announcing the Mayor's budget would force her to layoff 25 sworn police officers.

Police Commissioner Dan Saltzman took sides with his Chief, saying he would not support the Mayor's budget if it meant reducing the police force.

That was a shock to Mayor Adams, who says the Chief promised him she would help avoid police layoffs by keeping vacant positions open at the Police Bureau.

"And then to find out the day after that -in my proposed budget- that those savings aren't really there -never were there," said Adams, "I don't know what to chalk it up to. I'm not happy about it. I'm going to deal with the budget first."
 

More: Mayor Adams' budget proposalPolicing reduction chart (PDF)

It's back to the calculator for Adams.

The budget situation is worse off than he expected, at least, as it pertains to police.

As it stands in the most recent budget, Sizer said she would also be forced to also curb public hours at North Precinct and at East Precinct, as well as shut down the Bureau's "cold case" investigation team.
 
She added that the North and East precincts could potentially be closed in the evenings as well, due to the budget cuts.

The city council has the power to approve the budget proposal or send it back to the planning stages when it votes in June.

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