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Water Bureau Submits FY 2014-15 Requested Budget

By Lindsay Wochnick

On February 3, 2014, the Portland Water Bureau submitted its Fiscal Year 2014-15 Requested Budget to the City’s Budget Office.   

The Requested Budget and rate proposal was extensively reviewed and then unanimously approved by the Water Bureau’s Budget Advisory Committee (BAC).  The BAC consists of volunteer members of the public, front-line staff, and labor representatives who provided input and feedback on the bureau’s five year Capital Improvement Program and budget priorities from bureau directors and senior managers.

Staff from the Office of Management and Finance, Commissioner Nick Fish’s policy director, and members of the Portland Utility Review Board (PURB) participated. There was also an opportunity at each open meeting for public comments.

One of the BAC members noted, “The bureau is to be commended for keeping rate increases down despite many infrastructure challenges. It has been a pleasure to serve on this committee. We appreciate the management leadership and Commissioner Fish’s engagement.”

The next steps in the budget process include public hearings, City Budget Office budget review, and City Council work sessions. In late April 2014, Mayor Charlie Hales will release the proposed budget decisions and then on June 19, 2014, the City Council will vote to adopt next year’s budget.

To review the Water Bureau’s FY 2014-15 Requested Budget, visit:

Lindsay Wochnick
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