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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Commissioner's Remarks on the City Budget

Commissioner's Remarks on the City Budget

City of Portland LogoMay 18, 2016

First I want to offer my sincere thanks to the Budget Office, in particular Director Andrew Scott and the analysts for the two utilities, Ryan Kinsella and Claudio Campuzano.

I also want to thank my bureau teams, my colleagues, Council office staff, and the Mayor for thoughtful and productive conversations over these last two weeks.

While we began with a difference of opinion about whether we needed new revenue to balance our budget this year, we’ve always had a meeting of the minds on values.

Given the additional revenue we had to work with, and the declared Council priorities, there’s a lot to like in this budget.

We have made investments in public safety, helping our Police Bureau better recruit and retain officers – and get them on the street quickly – and preserving 13 critical firefighter positions.

We have committed record funding to address affordable housing and homelessness.

We have restored funding in Audit Services to ensure they have the staff they need to provide independent oversight of City operations.

We extended and expanded a very successful Venture Portland pilot program supporting small businesses in East Portland.

We are supporting a community effort in Cully to reclaim the Sugar Shack site as a new community asset.

We have shielded the arts from cuts.

And we have made modest but important investments in the Village Market, Restorative Justice programs at Resolutions Northwest, and the Rosewood Community Center.

This year will mark the third year in a row I have directed the utilities to bring a combined increase under 5%.

I’m very pleased that we’ve been able to do that, with a focus on basic services like replacing old pipes and preparing for the Big One.

And we have continued to exercise discipline with ratepayer dollars, funding fountain operations and preservation work at Mt. Tabor with the General Fund.

Finally, thanks to our partners at the Citizen’s Utility Board of Oregon, we have reduced the proposed rate increase even further, to 4.45%.

Mayor Hales, this is your last budget.

I believe a significant part of your legacy will be the reforms you’ve brought to our budgeting process – modified zero-based budgeting chief among them – and the discipline we’ve shown in targeting our resources to core community needs, be they public safety, housing and homelessness, or transportation infrastructure.

I’m very proud to vote aye.

Cycle the Well Field

On Saturday, join the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council to celebrate their yearly “Cycle the Well Field” event!

Cycle the Well Field

May 19, 2016

On Saturday, join the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council to celebrate their yearly “Cycle the Well Field” event!

Cycle the Well Field is a slow-to-moderately paced bike tour of the Columbia South Shore Well Field.

The well field is a series of 26 water supply wells that is used as our backup drinking water source for the Bull Run Reservoirs. It can produce nearly 100 million gallons of water per day!

Thanks to this great groundwater source, the Bull Run can be maintained as an unfiltered water system – providing Portland with some of the best drinking water in the country.

On the tour, you’ll coast through the beautiful, flat terrain and learn all about the safety, hydrology, and history of Portland’s underground drinking water system.

The ride is suitable for beginners to advanced cyclist, but recommended for riders ages 12 and up. Helmets are required and light refreshments will be provided. Bring water and a lunch to enjoy at Blue Lake Park.

To register for the tour, visit the Columbia Slough Watershed Council’s website.

Cycle the Well Field

Saturday, May 21, 8:45am – 1:30pm

Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station

9920 NE Cascades Pkwy

Photo courtesy of the Portland Water Bureau

 

The Weekly Catch

Portland utility bills set for 4.5 percent rate hike
Katherine Kisiel from KATU 2 News

A $100 monthly utility bill in Portland? Yes
Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

Friday Forum: Are the Arts Getting Squeezed Out? (Video)
City Club of Portland

Report: Pilot Program for Portland Public Works Projects Hindered by Conflicts of Interest
Beth Slovic in Willamette Week

Sources: Shocked, shocked to find money in politics
Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

All User Restrooms Panel Video
Diverse and Empowered Employees of Portland

Portland approves Charlie Hales’ final budget, with key tweak
Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

City Council unanimously passes next year’s budget
Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Hall Monitor: The Budget Boiling Point
Dirk VanderHart in the Portland Mercury

Hales’ budget stumbles over lame duck status
Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune

Here’s a re-written version of Mayor Charlie Hales’ budget
Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

Council takes up proposed utility rate increases

Yesterday, Nick was honored to present the proposed rate increases for Portland’s Public Utilities – the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services.

May 20, 2016

Yesterday, Nick presented the proposed rate increases for Portland’s Public Utilities – the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services.

For the 3rd year in a row, Nick directed our two utilities to keep the combined rate increase under 5%, and once again they delivered. This year, they have proposed a combined rate increase of just under 4.5%, or roughly $4 per month for the typical customer.

Both the Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon (CUB) and the Portland Utility Board (PUB) testified in support of the proposed budgets, for both utilities.

We remain committed to providing good value to Portland’s ratepayers, and to investing in basic services like replacing old pipes and preparing for the Big One.

For more information on our utility rate increases, visit the sites below:

Commissioner Fish’s Statement

Portland Water Bureau’s PowerPoint

Bureau of Environmental Services’ PowerPoint

Why Portland utility bills will rise a bit (OPINION)
The Oregonian Editorial Board

Portland utility bills set for 4.5 percent rate hike
Katherine Kisiel from KATU 2 News

A $100 monthly utility bill in Portland? Yes
Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

Are the Arts Getting Squeezed Out?

Last Friday, Nick was honored to speak at the City Club of Portland’s Friday Forum.

May 23, 2016

May 23, 2016 

On Friday, Nick was honored to speak at the City Club of Portland’s Friday Forum.

He was accompanied by Kelly Roy, founder and owner of Art Design Portland and Senior VP at Colliers International, Marykay West.

Check out the video above, as they tackle the topic, “Are the Arts Getting Squeezed Out?”

Video courtesy of City Club of Portland