Saturday, May 25, 2013
Parallel efforts are under way to tackle the growing issue of panhandling in the city, especially at busy intersections.
A proposal to build an events center in the downtown Portland plaza will be presented to a City Council committee May 29.
Legislators will look into fixes after the Sunday Telegram reported that the state's inspection program is one of the least rigorous in America.
Insiders say a code is applied uniformly to inspect eateries, but using ‘common sense’ can still make results subjective.
But the city's fire chief says he expects to have a plan in August to implement changes.
Portland, Scarborough and Cape request small increases, and the city seeks to cut jobs.
The proposed budget would increase property taxes by 3 percent from the schools alone, from $9.57 to $9.86 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, while cutting dozens of positions.
City councilors scale back a task force's tough approach, but those who perform with fire face new safety scrutiny.