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City Sewer & Water Ratepayers Discuss Rates with Mayor, City Commissioners & Bureau Management Staff

By Lindsay Wochnick

On the evening of Wednesday, March 19, 2014, the City of Portland held a City Utility Rate Review for the public to discuss drinking water and sewer-storm water rates. Sponsored by the City Budget Office, the Rate Review session was hosted at Parkrose High School in northeast Portland.  

Mayor Charlie Hales, City Council members, and management staff from both the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) were on hand to answer questions and discuss the combined 4.92 percent rate increase proposed by the City’s two utility bureaus. 

As in traditional budget meetings, Portlanders in attendance were invited to provide feedback and pose questions to the Council.

The presentation given by Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff and Environmental Services Director Dean Marriott and the informational posters related to the Water Bureau can be viewed at

Answers to questions asked by the public will also be posted on the Water Bureau's City Utility Rate Review website, BES’s website, and Commissioner Nick Fish's website by Wednesday, April 9, 2014.


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