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Supplemental School Budget Funding Approved

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Supplemental School Budget Funding Approved
Posted on 11/06/2017
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Portland Superintendent Xavier Botana thanked the City Council for its vote to approve the allocation of $1.7 million in supplemental state funding to the 2017-2018 school budget.

“We are grateful to the City Council for its continued support of education,” Botana said. “A great city needs great schools and it’s clear that the City Council recognizes that.”

Portland voters approved the Portland Public Schools’ $105 million budget for fiscal year 2018 in June. The budget, which also had the support of the City Council, was a responsible one. It represented a modest 1.4 percent increase in spending in a very challenging budget year, in which the Portland Public Schools not only had to deal with standard personnel cost increases but a potential drastic cut in state education aid.

Portland subsequently did receive an additional $1,712,351 in state education subsidy over the budgeted amount as a result of the final enacted state budget. As part of the June budget referendum, city of Portland voters approved three options for any additional revenue the district might receive, including spending the new revenue, creating a reserve, or using the funds for tax relief.

At its Sept. 19 meeting, the Portland Board of Public Education voted to approve the allocation of the supplemental funds. The board approved using $1 million of the additional  funding for reserve/tax relief. The remaining $712,351 will be used for one-time expenditures, ongoing programming, and restoration of some cuts.

The City Council held its first reading on the supplemental budget on Oct. 16 and took its final, second reading vote on Monday, Nov. 6.