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March 5 City Council work session marks the beginning of the process for writing and approving the budget that takes effect on July 1.

FILE PHOTO - The first budget work session will be held Tuesday morning at City Hall.Portland's City Council begins writing next year's budget with a work session at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 5.

The session starts with a presentation on the most recent revenue estimates, the state of the city's long-term financial plan, and a review of known budget issues. One of the biggest issues is the $6.3 million shortfall in Portland Parks and Recreation budget, which is expected to require both layoffs and fee increases to close.

The council is also scheduled to hear a citywide asset management report, and then be briefed on two programs, the Bureau of Fire and Police Disability and Retirement and the Portland Children's Levy.

Additional morning budget work sessions are scheduled March 12, 14 and 19, and on April 1 and 2.

Although public testimony is not allowed at the work session, it will be taken at two following community budget forums. The first will be held on the evening of April 2 and the second will be held on the morning of April 6.

Three community budget forums will follow, including an evening one on April 2, a morning one on April 6, and an evening one on April 9. The locations of the forums have yet to be announced.

A public hearing on the budget is proposed for the evening of May 9 in Council Chambers, followed by a morning work session on it on May 14.

The fiscal year 2019-20 budget takes effect on July 1.

Budget requests from each city bureau and elected official can be found here.

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