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Portland Children’s Levy first budget reductions cut deep

By Amanda Waldroupe, Staff Writer

For the first time in its history, the Portland Children’s Levy has cut funding to children’s programs — the byproduct of  declining property tax revenues. The drastic measures taken by the Levy’s allocation committee have sent ripples of shock and worry throughout the provider community.

“I cried,” says County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury, a member of the Levy’s allocation committee. “These are among the most painful cuts I’ve made in my entire public career. We were making incredibly deep cuts to incredibly successful programs.”

Julie Young, a children’s advocate and community member of the Levy’s allocation committee, says children will be directly effected.

“We know that quality programs generally cost more money. It will be a hard challenge,” Young says. “There will be more waiting lists. It will mean that some programs that serve children will have to do more with less. Some children will not be served as well.” Continue reading