|Last mayoral election:||2012|
|Next mayoral election:||2016|
|Last city council election:||2014|
|Next city council election:||2016|
|City council seats:||5|
|2014-15 FY Budget:||$3.6 billion|
|Population in 2013:||609,456|
African American 6.3%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 1.0%
Two or More 4.7%
|Ethnicity:||Hispanic or Latino 9.4%|
|Median household income:||$51,238|
|High school graduation rate:||90.3%|
|College graduation rate:||43.1%|
|Related Portland offices|
|Oregon Congressional Delegation|
Oregon State Legislature
Oregon state executive offices
Since 1913, the city of Portland has utilized a commission system. In this form of municipal government, a city council, comprised of an elected mayor and a board of elected commissioners, serves as the city's primary legislative and administrative body. In Portland, the council also possesses "quasi-judicial" powers.
The mayor is a member of city council. He or she presides over council meetings and official city ceremonies and is responsible for all committee appointments unless dictated otherwise by the city council. The mayor also represents the city on the state, national and international levels. Charlie Hales is the current Mayor of Portland.
The Portland City Council is the city's primary legislative and administrative body. It is responsible for approving and adopting the city budget, levying taxes and making or amending city laws, policies and ordinances. As an administrative body, each member is in charge of one or more city departments or bureaus, such as the Portland Bureau of Transportation or the Portland Water Bureau. In certain cases involving public land use and judicial appeals, the council may also, from time to time, serve in judicial capacity.
A full list of city council members can be found here.
A series of advisory boards and commissions that are made up of non-elected citizens, whom city council members have appointed and approved, advises the Portland City Council. The roles of these boards and commissions are to review, debate and comment upon city policies and legislation and to make recommendations to the city council.
For a full list of Portland's commissions, boards and committees, see here
Elections for the Portland City Council were scheduled for November 4, 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. Because both districts had a candidate claim more than 50 percent of the vote in the May 20 primary, the general election was called off.
The filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Two of the four city council seats were up for election.
Portland's adopted operating budget for fiscal year 2014-15 was $3.6 billion.
City of Portland
1221 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503) 823-4000
See here to contact individual council members.
- See also: Multnomah County, Oregon ballot measures
Population as of the July 2011 census update: 593,820
Signature requirement is 9% of the number of electors registered in the city on the date of the primary municipal election immediately preceding the date the prospective petition is filed (Portland Code, Sec. 2.04.090). Chief petitioners must be registered voters of the city. Petitions must be filed for signature verification no less than 4 months before the election date specified on the petition. If petition is sufficient, council has 30 days to pass or the initiated measure will be submitted at the regular primary or general election specified on the petition.
- See also: Oregon government sector lobbying
In 2013, Portland's federal lobbying related expenses amounted to approximately $212,000. The issues for which the city filed in 2013, as well as the number of reports, can be seen in the box below. The issues column lists the generic issues that lobbyists working for local governments are required by law to disclose on quarterly federal disclosure forms. The reports column gives the number of reports lobbyists filed in regards to each generic issue. To learn more about the details of the specific issues for which Portland filed reports, read the federal disclosure forms by clicking the "Issues" links in the box below.
|Federal Lobbying Issues, 2013|
|6||Environment & Superfund|
|4||Fed Budget & Appropriations|
|2||Law Enforcement & Crime|
|1||Medicare & Medicaid|
|1||Economics & Econ Development|
- See also: Oregon public pensions
Oregon has one public pension fund, the Public Employees Retirement System. According to the PERS website, "you are vested in the OPSRP Pension Program on the earliest date in which you complete at least 600 hours of service in each of five calendar years (the years do not have to be consecutive). If you are an active member any time on or after reaching normal retirement age, you become a vested member regardless of years of service. Once you are vested in the OPSRP Pension Program, you cannot lose your benefit rights unless you withdraw from the program."
- See also: Evaluation of Oregon city websites
|Transparency grading process|
- Current and past budgets are available.
- Elected officials
- Has contact information and some salary data of elected officials available.
- Building permits and zoning
- Has building permits and zoning information.
- Has audits available online.
- Public records
- Has information on who to request for public records and frequently asked questions about the process.
- Local taxes
- Tax information is available.
- Meeting information is available such as videos and agendas, but the city lacks complete meeting minutes.
- Administrative officials
- Does not have information about administrative officials available.
- Does not have information about the city's lobbying, but has reports of entities that lobby the city.
- U.S. Census, "State and County Quick Facts," accessed on September 2, 2014
- "City of Portland, "Elected Officials," accessed on September 2, 2014
- City of Portland, "City Government Structure," accessed on December 19, 2014
- National League of Cities, "Forms of Municipal Government," accessed on September 2, 2014
- Portland City Charter, Chs. 3.02.010-3.02.050, accessed on October 29, 2014
- City of Portland, "Boards," accessed on August 26, 2014
- City of Portland, "Quick Guide: Running For City Of Portland Elected Office," May 14, 2014
- City of Portland, Oregon FY 2014-15 Budget in Brief, accessed on September 2, 2014
- US Census, "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places in Oregon: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2011," accessed on October 29, 2014
- Open Secrets, "City of Portland, OR," accessed on September 2, 2014
- U.S. House of Representatives: Office of the Clerk, "Lobbying Disclosure Act Guidance," accessed on November 11, 2014
- Open Secrets, "Methodology," accessed on November 11, 2014
- State of Oregon, "PERS general information," accessed on September 2, 2014
- City of Portland, "Budget," accessed on September 2, 2014
- City of Portland, "Elected officials," accessed on September 2, 2014
- City of Portland, "Business permits and zoning," accessed on September 2, 2014
- City of Portland, "Audits," accessed on September 2, 2014
- City of Portland, "Public Records," accessed on September 2, 2014
- City of Portland, "Taxes," accessed on September 2, 2014
- City of Portland, "Meetings," accessed on September 2, 2014
- City of Portland, "Lobbying," accessed on September 2, 2014
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