Charlie Hales Says Cops and Homeless Services Will Be Imperiled Without More Tax Money – Blogtown – Portland Mercury

majority of Portland City Council opposes Hales’ proposed 13 percent hike on Portland’s Business License Tax, the mayor is holding up a list of things he says are imperiled if at least a portion of the $8.7 million the hike might bring in isn’t restored.

“The bulk of additional revenue in my budget goes toward investing in the Police Bureau and continuing to address homelessness,” Hales says in a statement. “Cutting these investments would be a disservice to Portland.”

First, Hales says he’d have to do away with $3.3 million he’s put toward better pay for Portland police (an item that still would have to be negotiated with the bureau’s rank-and-file union). The Portland Police Bureau is short dozens of officers, and officials argue the current pay scale isn’t competitive.

Thanks. God bless.


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