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The City needs to make realistic commitments to voters and ensure they are delivered
We found in four recent audits of voter-approved spending that the City did not consistently assess the feasibility of commitments it planned to put on the ballot, and language used to describe commitments to voters was not always clear. Portland may have a harder time ensuring that promises are delivered because commitments can fall through the cracks when there are changes in bureau leadership, which is common in the commission form of government. Additionally, the City has no central monitoring function once a voter-approved City tax or bond is passed to help ensure that accountability measures are established and consistent with what was promised.
Visit our webpages for the four recent audits referred to in this report:
In 2016 the Auditor’s Annual Community Survey was translated into Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian and Chinese – the four most spoken languages in the City of Portland other than English. The results showed that respondents to both English and translated surveys share similar rankings of City services.
The financial condition report focuses on the City’s financial trends over five years. The report helps decision makers to visualize the City’s course, to consider options, and make adjustments to improve the City’s long-term financial health. The audit found that Portland’s financial condition is currently stable, but there are long-term challenges to address, such as increased pension liabilities and some assets losing value faster than the City can make repairs.
This report presents the results of our 26th annual survey of Portlanders. In 2016 several new demographic questions were added, allowing for extra analysis on housing status, how long one has lived in the same residence, and disability. It also marks the first time the Community Survey was translated (into Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian and Chinese).