Voters give Portland city auditor more power



Voters give Portland city auditor more power

Portland voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a measure to boost the Portland city auditor's independence.

Partial returns show 84 percent voted for the measure and 15 percent voted against it.

Approving the amendment to the city charter gives the auditor more control over budgeting, human resources and contracting, shielding the auditor's office from retaliation by city agencies it watchdogs. It also allows the auditor to seek legal advice independent of the city attorney. It also enshrines in the city charter the ombudsman's office, which investigates public complaints about city government.

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