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Old 04-03-2013, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Just outside of Portland
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I hear there is talk about turning the water bureau into a PUD.
I wonder if that would ever happen.
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Old 04-03-2013, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Where can I find that discussion?
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Old 04-03-2013, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Just outside of Portland
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PUD might be AOK (Jack Bog's Blog)

http://www.kgw.com/news/business/Coa...199012261.html

http://www.koinlocal6.com/news/local...Q0quZSvFA.cspx
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Humm... I think we should form 2 PUDs, one for water, another for sewer. The City of Portland provides water to customers for whom they do not provide sewer service. Because they are two different functions there should be 2 PUDs. There may be some bonds that the City holds for those services. I am not sure if it would be wiser to have the City keep those bonds in their name and obligate the PUDs to pay on them. That is stuff for a lawyer to figure out. Oh, and I think Commissioners should serve without pay, or with token payment.

I am sick of Commissioners who use those services for other purposes.
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Old 04-03-2013, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Just outside of Portland
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I am sick of Commissioners who use those services for other purposes.
The thing is, that looting these services (and others that we know nothing about.....yet) are what paid for Portland to develop the outside infrastructure, (or I guess you could call it "icing on the cake") that has made Portland such a popular town and caused people to move here in droves.

What you might think of Sam Adams, Vera Katz and their ilk maybe good or bad, but you can't argue that Portland would not be the Portland of today without all their fiscal shenanigans.

Let's hope that the new and future leadership figures out a way to to fix the "boring" Portland, the "inside" Portland that needs to strategerize a way to pay for the pretty "outside" Portland without imploding Portland financially.

And let's hope that the "planners" of the future Portland take care of the city and it's neighborhoods first and increase Portland's livability without building a bunch of glitzy show off stuff that's just window dresssing to make the town look pretty and win city popularity contests.

We've had enough of that.

It's time to let Portland be Portland for a while and take care of our own instead of constantly dressing up and preening our feathers and chirping "Look at me!".

Last edited by pdxMIKEpdx; 04-03-2013 at 07:06 PM.. Reason: Didn't use the word "Portland" enough for my satisfaction.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Just outside of Portland
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Well wonder of wonders, our new mayor, Charlie Hales, has announced that Portland's financials are a shambles.
(Thank you very much Sam and Randy!)

In a news conference, he announced that after many tearful nights considering the situation, he has to raise sewer fees 5% and water fees 3.5% as one of the ways to solve this problem.
If the Flouridation measure passes, they will go even higher.

Typical Portland.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:40 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Oh boy. Here comes another rent increase.
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Just outside of Portland
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And they are getting rid of our downtown mounted police also.

Not a utility cost, but sad nonetheless.
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Old 05-01-2013, 01:09 PM
 
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Humm... I think we should form 2 PUDs, one for water, another for sewer.
I pay mine separately in Vancouver. My friend has a house in Tigard and I was shocked by how much his water bill is and he was shocked by how little mine is. My last bill was $31.94 for January and February. It was $81.44 for August-September, which is due to running the sprinkler system to keep the garden alive. I pay $70 every two months for sewer-it was just increased from $68.
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Old 05-01-2013, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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And they are getting rid of our downtown mounted police also.

Not a utility cost, but sad nonetheless.
Oh that is sad. I would rather kick in the $35.00 to keep them than for the so-called "art tax" I don't intend to pay anyway.
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