- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Portland voters soundly rejected a proposal to take the management of water and sewers away from the City Council.

A group of ratepayer advocates blamed city leaders for skyrocketing bills, and sought to install an elected board of seven unpaid representatives to oversee the city’s water, sewer and storm-water systems.

But voters were not swayed, defeating the measure by about a 3-to-1 margin.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/IA7lo0 ) that the City Council plans to OK another billing increase on Thursday. That will take the average charge to $94.79 a month, 64 percent higher than a bill a decade ago.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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