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POL Government Elected Officials Commissioner Nick Fish
Proposed Ballot Title for the Portland Public Water District - August 9, 2013

The City Attorney has issued the following ballot title language for the Portland Public Water District.

 

NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF BALLOT TITLE

 

Notice is hereby given that a ballot title for an initiative petition has been filed with the Elections Office of the City of Portland on August 8, 2013.

 

The City Auditor has determined this measure meets the requirements of Article IV, Section 1(2)(d) and (5) of the Oregon Constitution. An elector may file a petition for review of this ballot title in the Multnomah County Circuit Court no later than 5:00 P.M. on Monday, August 19, 2013.

 

The ballot title is as follows:

 

CAPTION   

Amends Charter: Creates water and sewer district with elected board

 

QUESTION 

Shall Portland create independent utility district to administer water and sewer services,

with new legislative board elected from seven zones?

 

SUMMARY

Measure creates Portland Public Water District as independent agency of City; transfers operation of water and sewer systems from City Council to district board, including control over property and right of way used by systems. Seven uncompensated board members would be elected for three year terms, from zones coextensive with Portland Public School zone boundaries. Board vacancies filled by appointment. Certain persons disqualified from board or working for district. Board could adopt ordinances and resolutions, with civil and criminal liability for violations. Board could hire and discharge employees. City water and sewer employees would be transferred to district. District would set rates for water and sewer, and adopt annual budgets, with financial audits. District could purchase and condemn property; borrow funds; direct Council to issue water and sewer bonds; and assess properties for water and sewer local improvement districts. District cannot “regionalize or privatize” (undefined) water or sewer; commingle Bull Run water with other than existing sources, except in catastrophic emergencies; or adopt less-protective regulations for Bull Run watershed. No cost estimate provided with measure.