Hall Monitor

A Myth-Busting City Audit

Comments

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Very interesting, and suspicious timing on Griffin-Valade's part.

I remember vividly that she left her elected position as County Auditor midway through her first term. I note the the County Auditor position has a current salary of $91,560.00 per annum, while the City Auditor position has a current salary of $103,524.00--a difference of $11,964, or more than 7.65% higher, a pretty substantial pay increase. While it is possible she has a larger department to direct, and more responsibilities---she's also making more than the four County Commissioners. I never heard how her performance at the County was, but I honestly don't recall that there were any suspicious audits performed under her watch.

What she has not bothered to tell you, and what you haven't mentioned, is that the Urban Renewal Districts have been giant quagmires that do not produce any tax revenue for the county, only the city, and that the URDs have been directly impacting County revenues for many years---far more than the $25 million city higher-ups have been whining about---and further, the compression that the budgets of the library levies have been forced to undergo over the last several years is well over $25 million combined as well.

If you are going to keep spreading the lies that the budget deficit are caused by the library district, think again. Contact County Auditor Steve March---he's a nice guy, and he'll give you the facts that you need to properly report on this subject.

Thank you.
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I'm not sure I believe that Griffin-Valade has any particular agenda, but I do agree with PDXWiz's other point.

For a very long time the City of Portland has reaped the benefits of a skewed tax structure. The County has had to make deep cuts almost every year, while the City has gotten off relatively lightly. Add to that the urban renewal system that takes money from the County and the school districts and hands it to whatever pet project the City Council feels like funding that day, and there's been a significant imbalance in the relative burdens and benefits between the two governments.

Now that the City has budget problems of its own, suddenly there's criticism of the City-County MOI --but the City ignored the issue when it was just the County and all the social services it operates taking the serious hits.

The COP thought everything was groovy when they got the advantage, so their griping rings hollow now.