Southwood Park Water District Position 5
Special districts in Oregon are formed to govern specific resources. Examples are people’s utility districts, library districts, sewer districts, irrigation districts, ports and cemetery districts. Some districts get revenue only from taxes. Others, such as water districts, get revenue from ratepayers. Others may combine the two sources. Each district is governed by a board of directors which is responsible for the operation of the district and its financial accountability. ( https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/198.010 ) Qualifications: If the district has 100 or more voters, a candidate must be a registered voter in the district and a landowner in the district. ORS 264.410Salary: A member of the governing body of a district may receive an amount not to exceed $50 for each day or portion thereof as compensation for services performed as a member of the governing body. Such compensation shall not be deemed lucrative. The governing body may provide for reimbursement of a member for actual and reasonable traveling and other expenses necessarily incurred by a member in performing official duties. [1971 c.403 §2; 1983 c.327 §2; 1983 c.740 §53a; 1989 c.517 §1; 1995 c.79 §74] In Event of Vacancy: Except as otherwise provided by law, a vacancy in an elected office in the membership of the governing body of a district shall be filled by appointment by a majority of the remaining members of the governing body. If a majority of the membership of the governing body is vacant or if a majority cannot agree, the vacancies shall be filled promptly by the county court of the county in which the administrative office of the district is located. [ORS 198.320]
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How would you improve communication about water conservation and the work being done by the District within with the communities you serve?
What are your ideas for how best to provide an adequate and uninterrupted supply of safe and clean water to residents of the district at a reasonable cost?
What experience do you have in budgeting for an organization of this size? What other experiences or skills do you have that will contribute to your service as a board member?
¿Cómo mejoraría usted las comunicaciones sobre la preservación del agua y el trabajo que se realiza en el Distrito dentro de las comunidades a las que atiende?
¿Qué ideas tiene para proporcionar de la mejor manera un suministro suficiente e ininterrumpido de agua limpia y segura a la población residente del distrito, y a un costo razonable?
¿Qué experiencia tiene usted de elaborar presupuestos para una organización de este tamaño? ¿Qué otras experiencias o destrezas tiene usted que contribuyan a su trabajo como miembro de la junta?
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Neighbor for 26 years and on water board for last 3 years. Have accounting degree and work for a bank making commercial loans so understand financial statements, budgeting and cash flow. Have desire to learn new things about water pumps and distribution lines and think that I can make a positive impact on our water system for the next 4 years.
With anticipated rate increases to cover needed maintenance and upgrades, my desire is to encourage conservation with higher rates for high water usage. As a small, volunteer water district, it is difficult to reach our customers but we do have a web site now that has current information on it. Would love to have an email system to reach our users.
Maintain the system that we have and complete needed repairs or upgrades in a timely manner. It is an old system so some repairs are to be expected. Our water rates are significantly lower than surrounding areas so we do have some room to increase charges to pay for the upgrades while still remaining below Portland and Lake Oswego rates.
I have an accounting degree and work for a commercial bank so I have experience with budgeting and cash flow. Started on budget committee a year ago to learn more about public agency budgeting and hope to be able to contribute more this year.
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