The measure that seeks to create a Portland Public Water District (pdf) officially qualified for the ballot February 6. That means Portland voters will decide May 20 whether or not to transfer power from city water and sewer bureaus to an independent board.
The mayor and city commissioners oppose this idea. Some environmental groups have also expressed concerns. But backers of the initiative say an independent board is necessary to increase accountability and keep water rates from continuing to rise.
Do you know how you’ll vote on the Portland Public Water District? What questions do you have about it?
- Kent Craford: Co-chief petitioner for the Portland Public Water District initiative campaign
- Travis Williams: Executive director of Willamette Riverkeeper
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OPB | Feb. 22, 2017