By Lee Perlman
For the Hollywood Star News, June, 2010
As with all city bureaus, the Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement had to cut its own budget, and ask to keep some funds, as part of the city’s annual budget review process. As reflected in the mayor’s budget published at mid-month, ONI suffered some loss, but they were not as severe as they might have been.
The largest cut was to the popular Small Grants Program, which provides funding to grass-roots groups for special projects through the seven neighborhood offices. This was reduced from $200,000 to $116,000, of which just $86,000 would be available for distribution as grants with the rest being overhead. ONI also will not get to fill a vacant Neighborhood Crime Prevention Specialist position, which means that the remaining 12 specialists will have to cover the additional territory. However, thanks to an “add package” approved by Mayor Sam Adams, most of the funding for the Graffiti Abatement Program was restored for this year at least.