Ooops - Portland got caught again.
Portland sewer customers have shelled out money via their utility bills for 13 years to cover city spending for federal Superfund work on the Willamette — though the sewers had little to do with the toxic sediment contaminating the river.
The city’s Superfund expenditures — topping $52 million — were one of the big-ticket items cited by critics who sued the city in 2011 and accused city commissioners of using water and sewer rates as a “slush fund” for unrelated projects.
Now city officials are promising that sewer ratepayers will be reimbursed once the Superfund cleanup moves forward, and say that was their intention all along.
Well, sure it was. That's how this place works: continue the rip-off until you get caught, then claim that it's all a big misunderstanding. Portland water and sewer ratepayers didn't contribute to the toxic sedimentation - that was caused by companies that treated utility poles, among other sources. The City knew that, yet they fleeced ratepayers to the tune of more than $52 million. Now that it's come out, well, golly, they planned to reimburse us all along.
Right. They jacked up our rates over something we weren't involved in - even during times of economic hardship - and we're all supposed to be happy because someday, somehow, they're going to reimburse us. Pinkie wave.
The reasons for removing our water and sewer bureaus from City Hall oversight just keep accumulating.