PORTLAND — Portlanders for Water Reform turned in over 50,000 signatures on Tuesday in an effort to form a public utility district replacing the current structure of the Portland Water Bureau. Only 29,786 valid signatures are needed to put the PUD to a vote on the May ballot.
The city elections office will review each signature page and then pass them on to Multnomah County for validation. The city will announce the results on February 20th.
Kent Craford, co-petitioner said: “Hope is on the way” in the fight to lower high water rates. He’s confident this will make the ballot.
“I welcome the debate and I’m all ears. I hear Portland’s citizens,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. He believes it’s the right time to have CUB oversee the water bureau in spite of his critics saying the city is running scared.
This petition signature gathering process is the largest on record for the city of Portland.