Rate increase may be on the way for Portland water and sewer bills

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Portland residents may be paying more for water and sewer service come the summer.

Portland's Water Bureau could raise the rates by 5 percent in July, similar to last year's hike. The city council could vote on the proposal in May.

These hikes are part of the reason why some local groups want to transfer oversight of Portland's water and sewers from the city council to an independently elected board. Backers of the proposal delivered more than 50,000 signatures on Tuesday. It would take the city auditor's office a month to validate the signatures.

If confirmed, the measure would be on May's ballot.