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Budget Briefs: Next Year’s Budget Approved

By Jaymee Cuti

The City Council has adopted the budget for Fiscal Year 2016-17 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017).

Next year’s budget supports the following Portland Water Bureau priorities:

  • Compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act. We keep in good standing with state and federal regulations to ensure that your water is always clean and safe.
  • Maintaining an aging system. More than 2,000 miles of pipe deliver water throughout the Portland area. Many of those pipes are more than 80 years old. We need to invest in our aging system.
  • Our commitment to making our system more resilient. Portland is at risk of a major earthquake. When the “Big One” hits, we need to be prepared. That’s why the budget includes critical investments in work that hardens our conduits, fortifies our facilities, and reinforces our new reservoirs. One of those projects is the Washington Park Improvement Project, which brings 120 year-old reservoirs up to modern seismic standards.

To support these priorities, Council has approved the following rate adjustment:

The typical residential single-family will experience a 4.45 percent or $4.42 increase per month on their utility bill. Approximately 33 percent of the monthly bill charges will be dedicated to water services while 67 percent is devoted to sewer and stormwater services.

Click here to view the adopted City budget and here to view the Portland Water Bureau budget.

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