Portland City Council postpones budget vote

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PORTLAND — A second reading, public hearing and City Council vote on the proposed $221 million budget was postponed Monday to June 15.

City Hall spokeswoman Jessica Grondin said the decision was made to delay the vote for four weeks “given the number of uncertainties around impacts from the state’s budget.” Those impacts will affect city social service programs and staffing.

Councilors approved portions of the budget in a first reading May 11, and postponed several orders to Monday night, while hearing public comment on potential changes to General Assistance funding.

Possible budget cuts to eliminate staffing at the overflow emergency shelter and vouchers for motel rooms for homeless families were protested at the May 12 meeting of the Council Public Safety, Health & Human Services Committee. The committee then decided to forward the question to the full City Council.