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The Portland parks bureau is facing a $6.3 million budget deficit that will be discussed by the City Council on March 19.

CITY OF PORTLAND - The Sellwood Community CenterStaff layoffs and public fee increases at Portland Parks & Recreation will be discussed by the City Council on Tuesday.

The parks bureau is facing a potential $6.3 million shortfall in next year's budget because revenues have not kept pace with cost increases. The council will be briefed on options to eliminate the gap during a March 19 morning workshop.

A previous presentation to the bureau's citizens budget advisory committee proposed laying off 50 employees, closing the Sellwood Community Center, cutting back other programming across the city, and increasing some fees.

The discussion will happen less than two weeks after The Oregonian first reported that Parks Commissioner Nick Fish increased new bureau director Adena Long's salary annual salary $29,000 over that paid to the previous director.

No public testimony is allowed at council work sessions, which can be watch on the city's website here.

You can read a previous Sellwood Bee story on the issue here.

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