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Superintendent’s FY2018 Budget Proposal Goes to School Board


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Portland Public Schools Superintendent Xavier Botona presented his recommended Fiscal Year 2018 school budget to the Portland Board of Public Education on Tuesday, March 7. Botana said the budget will help the Portland Public Schools take positive steps to realize the district’s educational goals while responding to a potential drop of more than $2 million in state aid to the district. The budget proposal retains core programming and advances the district’s focus on its Comprehensive Plan goals.
The proposed $107 million budget represents a 3.3% increase in expenditures from the FY2017 approved budget. Most of the increase is due to escalating personnel costs. 
The increase, combined with the projected loss in state revenue, would result in the school portion of Portland’s property tax rate increasing by 67 cents per $1,000 of valuation or 6.5 percent.
It is possible that the State Legislature may decide over the next few months to allocate more education aid to school districts. 
“We have been working with our Legislative Delegation to ensure that the final budget is more responsive to the needs of our community. We have been bracing for a reduction in the district’s allocation from the state. Portland taxpayers have been increasingly called upon to ensure that the educational needs of our students are met,” Botana said. Between fiscal years 2016 and 2018, the amount of school funding to the district from the state has dropped by $3.4 million or 20%.
The school board will now review the budget proposal in a series of meetings and public hearings before recommending a budget to the City Council. The council will hold a public hearing and vote on the bottom line of the school budget, which will go to voters in a citywide referendum on May 9.