Ballot Measure 26-156 sets up a new government bureaucracy to manage water and sewer utilities in Portland. There is no guarantee that this new bureaucracy will reduce rates.

It may actually harm water quality by eliminating many of the watershed improvement projects that benefit our neighborhoods, such as planting native species in place of invasive blackberries and ivy, and constructing stormwater facilities that use natural systems to filter rainwater before it drains into our local creeks. Many suggestions have been made by the City Club of Portland and others to improve operations in the existing bureaus.

Measure 26-156 is poorly structured and some provisions make no sense, creating more problems than it would solve. I urge you to vote “no” on Measure 26-156 on May 20.

Marianne Fitzgerald

Southwest Portland

Emptying tank was money down drain

OK, let’s put this in perspective (38 million gallon flush after teen urination, Web story, April 16). The maximum allowable cyanide levels in drinking water are 0.2 mg/liter, which is 200 parts per billion. If this guy was able to pee a pint into the 38 million gallon reservoir, then the concentration would have been 1.64 ppb (parts per billion) or 122 times less than the allowable levels of deadly cyanide. He must have been a walking toxin of some rare form to have to drain the entire reservoir.

Terry Rice

Bartlesville, Okla.

Bridge naming missed the obvious

It crosses from Moody Avenue to Water Avenue (Bridge of the People, April 17). It’s the Moody Waters Bridge. Period.

Tim Ervin

Southeast Portland

Government must limit its spending

All this talk about a sales tax or a tax of any kind is ridiculous. I believe that the state, city, county, etc., has enough money to survive.

The schools and all government need to learn how to limit spending just as we as citizens do. If you give them more money, they will just throw it down the drain like they have always done (especially the retirement plans). Anyone in power such as the governor, mayor, etc. on down, should they even mention a sales tax of any kind should be fired on the spot.

Keith Thoms

Southeast Portland

Good luck with that tax idea, Mr. Novick

So, you want elderly Portlanders who may not even drive a car, but who have the misfortune of being stuck in their already-overtaxed Portland home, to pay a monthly tax/fee so commuters from Lake Oswego can have spiffy roads? Even when he was drunk and delirious, Emperor Claudius didn’t conjure up such Draconian drivel, and neither did Draconius (Portlanders split on street maintenance fee, Web story, April 10).

City Commissioner Steve Novick is trying so damn hard to do something heroic on the council. ... Go ahead, Steve, and see what options you have after one term.

Lee Hill

Southwest Portland

Tax overhaul would benefit Oregon

In Oregon, we rely upon two predominant income streams: income and property taxes. Increasing the number of income tax brackets from three to six is appropriate (Change our tax system? Maybe, April 8).

The property tax should align with real market value at each change of title and remain at that RMV until the next change of title while allowing 2 to 3 percent increases in total tax paid per annum. The gas tax needs to be doubled with all receipts dedicated to maintaining state highways and bridges plus funding the Oregon State Police.

Rich Brown

North Portland

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