Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is making additional cuts to his own office's budget in anticipation of the City's $25 million general fund shortfall expected for 2013-2014.
Hales' chief of staff, Gail Shibley, announced on Wednesday that $395,000 for summer internships and grant management contracts will not be moving forward. Even before being sworn into office, Hales cut the size of his staff from 25 to 14, saving approximately $600,000 annually on staff salaries.
Combined, Hales has reduced his office spending almost $1 million.
A local nonprofit, Worksystems Inc., was set to receive two separate grants from the mayor's office. One, worth $195,000 for the SummerWorks Youth Employment Program and a separate contract amendment worth $200,000 would have gone toward coordination of activities and support for the Summer Youth Connect program.
"Mayor Hales knows the value of summer internships, and has great respect for the good work of Worksystems Inc.," Shibley said. "These budget decisions simply reflect the tough fiscal reality we face, and the mayor is committed to leading by example as the council begins crafting next year's budget. Every dollar of general fund saved today can go toward the $25 million hole the city faces."
Hales also restated his commitment to education and jobs, stating "I stand ready to advocate for workforce development resources, especially in efforts for Portland-area agencies like Worksystems Inc. The federal and state government, along with private sector industries, are essential partners in this important work."
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