Portland shifts gears on water spending


The Portland City Council will consider using general fund money to repay the Water Bureau’s expenses being challenged in a ratepayer lawsuit.

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The Portland City Council will consider using general fund money to repay the Water Bureau’s expenses being challenged in a ratepayer lawsuit.

Those behind the suit say no one from the city contacted them before filing the resolution to reimburse the bureau for approximately $1.6 million spent to refurbish a headquarters building for the Portland Rose Festival and to enforce the city’s renewable fuel standards.

The resolution would also spend nearly $1.9 million from the general fund on future Portland Harbor Superfund cleanup costs — an expense that has been totally paid by the Bureau of Environmental Services so far.

Read more at The Portland Tribune.

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