The water bureau wrongfully used ratepayers dollars to provide jobs to laid-off employees, at least that is the excuse. And let's say that it is valid - but the water bureau doesn't and shouldn't possess the authority to use that money for projects having no connection to drinking water service. [See Portland to repay Water Bureau $1.6 million for Rose Festival headquarters].
The city - robbing Peter to pay Paul - has determined to 'repay' that amount, i.e., transferring money from the general fund to the water bureau. The money is still wrongfully spent, but it staves off the filed lawsuit, or does it? The complainants are still planning to ask the court for a determination that the money was wrongfully spent.
"I think it's political face-saving," Craford said. "The fact of the matter is, they had their hand in the cookie jar. They got caught. And now they're being held accountable."
But using taxpayers money from the general fund for "the Rose Festival building and other projects, such as the Portland Loos," is just as wrong.