From Kate Snyder, Portland, Maine <[email protected]>
Subject Updates_City Manager Search, Annual Budget Timeline, No Room for Hate Here
Date April 6, 2023 4:53 PM
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April 6, 2023

Dear Portlanders,

There are some changes to the Municipal Annual Budget Timeline:
* Tonight - 4/6 - Joint Finance Committee Meeting (City & Schools) Agenda and Zoom Link here ([link removed])
* Presentation of City Manager's Recommended Budget has been moved from 4/10 to Monday 4/24;
* Finance Committee Review of City Manager's Recommended Budget will begin on Thursday 4/27 and continue throughout May 2023;
* First and Second Reads of Municipal Budget at City Council: 5/15 and 6/5;
* *The school budget calendar will continue as previously presented with the first read at the City Council meeting on Monday, May 1st and second read and vote on Monday, May 15th.
* Finance Committee and Budget Materials available here ([link removed])

Hate has no Home Here. None at all.
* On April 1st a neo-Nazi group came to Portland to advance an agenda of hate and bigotry.
* I reject vehemently any and all words, rhetoric, and actions that advance hate, bigotry, anti-semitism, anti-LGBTQ+.
* Portland has no place for hate; we are an accepting, peaceful community that values diversity and humanity.
* At our upcoming Council Meeting (4/10) a Communication will be presented from City Management and the Portland Police Department so that we can learn more about what happened, and so that we can ask questions. Agenda and Zoom Link here ([link removed])

The City Manager Search Process is well underway:
* After a lot of committee work, a community survey that yielded 720 responses, and two community listening sessions, we are now poised to meet the Finalist Candidates on April 14th and 15th (that's next week!)
* Please take advantage of the Community Meet & Greet on Friday, April 14th from 6-7:30pm in the State of Maine Room at City Hall. This will be a chance to hear from the candidates, meet, greet - and offer your feedback via a survey tool.
* City Council members will meet one on one with candidates on Friday - and as a body on Saturday. City Staff will also be engaged in the work - by providing driving tours of our city on Friday morning, meeting candidates during a staff-only Coffee + Cookies reception, and engaging via staff panels on Saturday.
* This has been a long process - and we look to take Council action on an appointment at one of our May meetings.
* Please join as able, your voice is important.

Very Sincerely,
Kate Snyder

PS - I'll hold my April Mayor Zoom on Wednesday, April 26th at 4:00pm on Zoom. Please join me for an informal chance to discuss matters on your mind, ask questions, share info, and hear from your neighbors.
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