Were you surprised by any big Oregon primary results?
PORTLAND -- An attempt to spin off water and sewer services into an independent public water district was soundly defeated by voters Tuesday.
A yes vote for Measure 26-156 would have created an elected board to oversee water and sewer work currently run by city bureaus.
"In the face again of Portland’s voters dissatisfaction with government generally this was a very surprising vote to me," said KGW political analyst Len Bergstein.
Water reformers have complained for years about high water rates, mismanagement and bloated spending. But city officials said putting a separate group in charge of a large bureaucracy could cause even more problems.
Eugene is currently the largest city in the state with a public water district similar to the one proposed.