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City budget hearings begin tonight: Take survey before you go

Posted by on March 1st, 2010 at 11:55 am

Community Budget Hearing

Strategy session prior to a
budget hearing in 2007.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Tonight in Northwest Portland the City will hold its first of three Budget Hearings. To coincide with these hearings, the City has launched an online survey to find out how citizens feel about spending priorities.

With the recent passage of the 2030 Bike Plan, there has been a lot of headlines and discussion about transportation funding. These hearings are an excellent opportunity to tell Mayor Adams and City Council members what their priorities should be.

On their blog last week, The Bicycle Transportation Alliance said that the $7 million PBOT has planned for bike projects next year “is not enough” and that, “At the current funding level, Portland will not be able to build out the Bike Plan for 2030 until 2097. We should ask for more.”

Back in 2007 a group of people who care about bicycling rode to a budget hearing in Southwest Portland to make their feelings known. Another bike ride is planned for the hearing next Saturday (3/6) in Northeast Portland.

Portland Bicycle Tours will lead a ride from 345 NW Everett Street in Old Town to the hearing in outer Northeast (10301 NE Glisan). More details on the ride here.

For more coverage of this issue, view our PBOT budget tag.

The first budget hearing happens tonight at Montgomery Park in NW Portland. See details on all three hearings below and visit the City’s budget website for full details.

    Community Budget Hearings:
    Monday, March 1st, 6:00-8:30 PM
    Montgomery Park
    2701 NW Vaughn St.

    Wednesday, March 3rd, 6:00-8:30 PM
    Mt. Scott Community Center
    SE 72nd Ave & Harold St.

    Saturday, March 6th, 1:00-3:30 PM
    IRCO Community Space
    10301 NE Glisan St.

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I tried the online survey, but it does not proceed if you don’t live in Portland. That’s too bad because I own a business in Portland, have employees, and pay some taxes to Portland over the course of a year. Whoever set up this survey might want to consider employers or employees who work in Portland, but don’t live in Portland.