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Water Bureau Submits FY 2015-16 Requested Budget; Focused on Keeping Rates Low and Maintaining City’s Critical & Aging Infrastructure

By Lindsay Wochnick

On Monday, February 2, the Portland Water Bureau submitted the FY 2015-16 Requested Budget to the City Budget Office.

As the steward of the city’s 120-year old water system, the bureau works to develop and recommend to the Portland City Council and our customers a budget that allows it to continue to meet its mission of providing clean, safe, and affordable drinking water to our customers. 

A Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) -- comprised of representatives of key stakeholders that included members of the community and labor representatives worked alongside Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff and Group directors and managers to develop the annual budget per City of Portland guidelines. Representatives of the Portland Utility Review Board (PURB) and the Citizens‘ Utility Board (CUB) also participated in the process along with members of the public.

Together, the BAC members and bureau staff reviewed, discussed, deliberated, and worked to develop a consensus budget. Their challenge was to propose a budget that:

  • Balanced the infrastructure and service needs of the city’s aging and complex water system,
  • Complied with state and federal regulations relating to clean water, and was
  • Understanding of the economic issues facing both residential and business customers throughout the Portland metropolitan area.

To access the Water Bureau’s Requested Budget, including an overview from Commissioner Nick Fish, visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/requestedbudget15-16.

For more information on the Water Bureau’s FY 2015-16 budget process, visit http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/budget15-16.

Lindsay Wochnick
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