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Mayor's Proposed Budget Supports Water Bureau Requests

By Lindsay Wochnick

Last week, Mayor Charlie Hales released the Fiscal Year 2016-17 Proposed Budget.

Read the Proposed Budget 

The Proposed Budget backs the following Portland Water Bureau requests: 

  • Regulatory Monitoring: One-time, rate-funded resources for two positions and operating supplies to develop an in-house Cryptosporidium testing lab.
  • Community Information and Outreach: Ongoing rate-funded resources to add two positions to the bureau’s communications team.
  • Infrastructure Maintenance: Ongoing rate-funded resources to add 3.5 positions to support the maintenance, improvement, and protection of water system infrastructure.
  • Information Processing: Ongoing rate-funded resources to add two positions to address workload in the bureau’s Development Services office.
  • Tabor Preservation Project: One-time General Fund resources to fund a portion of the costs of maintaining, repairing, and preserving the Mt. Tabor reservoirs.
  • Solar Installation: A one-time General Fund resource to support solar installation the Groundwater Pump Station.

The proposed budget also outlines a bill increase for water services of approximately seven (7) percent for the typical single family household. This amounts to an increase of roughly $2.22 per month. Combined with the 3.25 percent rate increase for sewer and storm water services, the typical family would experience a 4.45 percent increase or $4.42 per month. 

Members of the public are invited to learn more about the FY 2016-17 proposed rates by attending the annual Utility Rate Review meetings:

Utility Rate Review
First Reading and Hearing

May 19, 2016
City Hall, Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204 
Utility Rate Review
Second Reading

May 25, 2016
City Hall, Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204 

Stay in the Know
The City Council will vote to adopt next fiscal year’s budget on June 9, 2016. Visit the Water Bureau’s budget webpage to access key documents and other materials.


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