- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The annual budget proposal in Maine’s largest city includes a plan to close a health center that provides free health care to low income people.

City Manager Jon Jennings’ nearly $236 million budget would shut down the India Street Public Health Center. The center’s patients would be moved to the Portland Community Health Center, a private health provider.

WCSH-TV (https://on.wcsh6.com/1YdlKoj ) reports the budget is an increase of $11 million from last year. It would raise property taxes by a little more than 2 percent in combination with the school budget.

The city Finance Committee will start reviewing the proposal on Wednesday. It will be the subject of a public meeting on May 3.


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