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3.123.020 Scope.

A.  The Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services use multi-year financial planning to prioritize programs and to project operating and capital costs associated with policies and programs, and to estimate overall rate impacts.  The Board will fully participate in the bureaus’ financial planning and budgeting processes.  The Board will work with the bureaus to develop long-term, 20-year mission plans.  The bureaus update their financial plans throughout the year to reflect significant changes in revenues or requirements, and revise the plans annually.  The Board will review the proposed financial plans and revisions, and submit its findings and recommendations to the Council as part of the City's annual financial planning process.  The Board will actively monitor bureau spending through the fiscal year and be briefed on final fiscal year accounting including status of debt load and rate stabilization funds.  The Board will monitor bureau and City Council responses to and implementation of audits, in consultation with the Commissioner(s)-in-Charge.  The Board will monitor City Council budget amendments, capital improvement plans (CIP) and implementing actions throughout the fiscal year.  The Board will participate in evaluating the performance of the bureaus.  The bureaus will engage with the Board throughout the fiscal year when developing budgets.  The Board may serve, at the Mayor’s pleasure, as an advisor in the development of Mayor’s budgets for the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services.

B.  The Board will periodically consult the bureaus and the Commissioner(s)in-Charge on strategic communications, public education and involvement, as well as review audits and other reports.  The Board will identify and report to the Commissioner(s)-in-Charge, the Mayor or the Council on important issues and challenges for the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services.  The Board will monitor the bureaus’ efforts to achieve equity in the provision of services throughout the City.

C.  Participate in the rate design process: The Board will report on proposed rate changes to the Council during the annual budget hearings and development processes for water, sanitary sewer, watershed health, and stormwater.  The Board shall report on other city activities or proposed policies with significant impacts to water, sanitary sewer, and stormwater rates.

D.  When the bureaus form other advisory groups on utility matters such as facility or project specific concerns, the Board and its staff will exchange information with these other advisory groups to coordinate policy advice to the Council and the bureaus.

E.  Relationship to other interested parties: The Board’s primary responsibility and duties are to advise the Council, and its deliberations and recommendations shall be directed to Council accordingly.  The Board may also share the results of its deliberations and recommendations delivered to Council with interested individuals and groups including neighborhoods, business associations, and public interest groups.