Projected budget shortfall reduced due to lower costs
January 23, 2013
PPS is projecting a $16.9 million shortfall for the 2013-14 school year, based on an updated budget forecast that reflects a “trueing up” of PPS revenues and spending in the current school year. The updated projected gap is approximately $5 million less than the $22 million gap earlier projected.
The reduced shortfall is based on:
- Projected ending balance in the current year that is $3 million higher than budgeted.
- Lower costs for budgeted staffing levels in the current year, that equate to a $2 million reduction in projected expenditures for 2013-14.
The updated forecast uses more up-to-date information to outline potential budget scenarios for the coming 2013-14 school year.
- For example, to avoid any cuts to Portland schools, state funding for K-12 education in Oregon would need to be at the equivalent of $6.76 billion for the 2013-15 biennium (assuming neither the Governor’s proposed reductions to district funding via ESDs nor proposed PERS savings).