Join a community listening session on August 8 to understand coming changes to city council procedures
To implement the charter changes Portlanders approved in November 2022, the transition team must revise city code to align it with the voter-approved amendments.
Over the last several months, members of the transition team have been working with city partners and experts from other cities to develop revisions to the City’s code on council organization and procedures to match the updated city charter and to guide council meetings starting in 2025. Now, it’s time for Portlanders to learn more about the process and provide input.
The Independent Salary Commission responds to public feedback and finalizes an amended salary proposal
Hundreds of Portlanders offered feedback on the draft proposal. Going forward, a new independent salary commission will convene every two years after implementation to evaluate salaries of Portland’s elected officials.
At their July 24 meeting, in response to public feedback, the Portland Independent Salary Commission (ISC) amended their proposal and arrived at a decision on final salaries for Portland’s elected officials. The new pay levels will take effect in January 2025, when a new slate of elected officials — mayor, auditor, and city council — begin their terms.
Recapping the Independent District Commission’s outreach throughout July
After releasing their draft district plan in June, the Independent District Commission began a series of public hearings held across the city (with one held virtually) to hear from Portlanders and explain their process in creating the three draft maps.
Hundreds of Portlanders attended these nine hearings and submitted 816 comments during the public comment period – June 1 to July 22, 2023.
City Organization and Future Improvements project teams introduced roles, purpose in transition effort at last week’s community listening session
Discussion included the results of a community outcomes report, information on use of an equity tool and a comparison of the powers of elected officials before and after January 2025.
Get fact sheets on the transition from 311!
Our partners at 311 are helping us share information! Find them at these events or call them at 311 to ask questions regarding the transition.
About the City of Portland Transition Project
In November 2022, Portland voters approved Ballot Measure 26-228 that directs the City of Portland to implement these three connected changes by Jan. 1, 2025:
- Allow voters to rank candidates in order of preference, using ranked-choice voting.
Establish four geographic districts, with three city council members elected to represent each district – expanding city council to a total of 12 members.
- Establish a city council that focuses on setting policy and engaging with community, transitioning day-to-day oversight of bureaus to a mayor elected citywide and a professional city administrator.
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