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 KGWpolitical 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.