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Auditor Mary Hull Caballero

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1989 Water Charge for City Services

The following Measure appeared on the May 16, 1989 Ballot.
WATER BUREAU TO PROVIDE WATER WITHOUT CHARGE FOR CITY SERVICES.
 
QUESTION: Shall Charter be amended to require Water Bureau to provide water to other bureaus for City services at no charge
 
PURPOSE AND EXPLANATION OF CHARTER AMENDMENT
 
Amends Charter Section 11-105, which now provides "no charge shall be made for water used in extinguishing fires in the City." This measure expands that exemption by providing there will be no charge to any City bureau for water used for City services, such as parks irrigation and street cleaning.
 
Amendment does not apply to Portland Development Commission, Exposition-Recreation Commission, or their facilities such as the Coliseum and the Performing Arts Center.
 
Charter Amendment Referred to the Voters by the City Council
RESOLUTION No. 34533 ADOPTED MARCH 29,1989
BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Portland, Oregon that an
 
Act entitled:
 
AN ACT
 
"An Act to amend an Act of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Oregon entitled: 'An Act to incorporate the City of Portland, Multnomah County, State of Oregon, and to provide a charter therefor, and to repeal all Acts or parts of Acts in conflict therewith, approved by the Governor and filed in the office of the Secretary of State, January 23, 1903, as subsequently amended by said Legislative Assembly and by the people of the City of Portland from time to time, by amending Section 11-105 thereof to authorize the provision of water at no charge to City bureaus for City services."
 
BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF PORTLAND, OREGON
 
Section 1. Section 11-105 of the Act of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Oregon entitled: " An Act to incorporate the, City of Portland, Multnomah County, State of Oregon, and to provide a charter therefor, and to repeal all Acts or part of Acts in conflict therewith," approved by the Governor and filed in the office of the Secretary of State, January 23, 1903, as subsequently amended by said Legislative Assembly and by the people of the City of Portland from time to time is hereby amended to read as follows:
 
Section I 1-105. Rates and charges. For each fiscal year the Council shall fix water rates which will provide an estimated income to equal expenses and debt service relating to water bonds. No charge shall be made for water used in extinguishing fires in the City or for water used by any City bureau in providing City services, but this exemption shall not apply to Departments created by Chapters 14 and 15 of this Charter.
 
The Council may fix special charges for connections, disconnections, turn- ons, discontinuances of service, all special services or work, and other contingencies, situations or conditions, which it finds advantageous or appropriate from time to time. Charges and bills may be adjusted as found just and equitable.
 
NOTE: Matter in bold face in an amended Section is new.