Thursday, January 20, 2011

Commissioner Randy Leonard: Water House key to Portland's water future | OregonLive.com

Commissioner Randy Leonard: Water House key to Portland's water future | OregonLive.com

Commissioner Leonard makes an attempt to justify the expenditure by his bureau on the water-house. There seems to be some differences in what it actually costs - Leonard says less than $408k where the Oregonian had it at $625k. But it can't be sold even for the $408k price.

Interesting, no matter the cost of the construction - how can it be justified? It one thing to create a "model home" and sell it later at a profit, but it is not good economic policy to build at a loss.

His main justification is fallacious. According to him since none on the list of conservation measures he provides didn't work - a model house costing even his estimate of $408k will result in water savings by Portlanders? How does that follow? How do you measure it?

Another justification - stewardship of Bull Run. But the causal relationship between the stewardship of Bull Run and the construction of the water house is so tenuous as not to exist at all.

It is amazing that Mr. Leonard is so casual with water payers dollars. Instead of spending water payers dollars on projects not related to water and sewers services to Portlanders - he might spend more time working for the city's residents to keep their costs down.

A good place to start is to read the auditor's report discussed in the Portland Tribune: Auditor identifies potential sewer rate reductions :

The city that works - for whom?

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