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Community Members, Others Collaborate with Portland Water Bureau to Develop Budget

By Teresa Black

In September 2013, the Portland Water Bureau officially began developing its Fiscal Year (FY) 2014-15 budget. In October, the bureau engaged its Budget Advisory Committee (BAC).  The BAC, comprised of representatives of key stakeholders, members of the community, Portland Utility Review Board and labor representatives who work in the bureau, are closely collaborating with Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff, bureau directors and senior managers to develop the annual budget per City of Portland guidelines

The Water Bureau is focused on developing a budget that is comprehensive and allows the bureau to continue to provide high-quality customer service and clean, safe drinking water to residents and businesses within the metropolitan area as well as to the bureau’s wholesale customers.

Members and staff are charged with reviewing, discussing, deliberating and work hand-in-hand. Together, we will accomplish the following tasks with the understanding and sensitivity to the continuing recessionary economic challenges facing residents and businesses throughout the service delivery area:

  • Develop a consensus budget that balances the infrastructure and service needs of a 117-year old water system.
  • Comply with state and federal regulations relating to clean water.

To view the Water Bureau’s FY 2014-15 budget documents and supporting information, visit  To navigate the City’s budget process, visit the City of Portland’s City Budget Office website

All BAC meetings are open to the public and the opportunity for comment is welcomed. The next BAC meeting is Wednesday, December 18, 2013, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Avenue, Third Floor Fir Creek conference room.

For more information on the Portland Water Bureau’s budget process, contact Tim Hall, Public Information Manager, at 503-823-6926.

Lindsay Wochnick
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