2023 Transition Annual Report Highlights
Since November 2022, the team has worked alongside city, county, and community partners to deliver the changes in election methods and the City’s new form of government approved by Portland voters through Ballot Measure 26-228.
The 2023 Transition Annual Report categorizes the team’s work into these two areas and indicates if these deliverables are complete or if the work will continue into 2024. Highlights include:
The City and Multnomah County researched and developed necessary code updates to align with the ranked-choice voting requirements.
Form of Government
The City supported the Independent Salary Commission in setting the salary ranges for the new mayor, 12 district-based councilors, and city auditor.
Council operations code was revised to align with the mayor-council form of government.
City council approved the City Organization project’s new city organization chart which reflects the change to a mayor-council form of government with a city administrator who manages the day-to-day operations of the City and oversees the organization.
The City Budget Office convened a workgroup of bureau finance managers from across the City who advised on recommended changes to the budget development process.
Additional accomplishments include the team’s engagement efforts through the work of the Independent District Commission, Independent Salary Commission, and the Government Transition Advisory Committee which resulted in:
459 listening session participants
85 public meetings
2,464 written comments
18 hours of public comment
3,221 newsletter subscribers
35 community presentations given by the Government Transition Advisory Committee
View individual sections of the report
- Election Methods
- Form of Government: City Organization and Budgeting
- Form of Government: Elected Officials
- Charter Transition Budget
- Looking Forward to 2024
Why are these changes happening?
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 the city council to focus 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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