The city of Portland has allowed three business districts to pool money for enhanced services, such as transportation and extra police, but has failed to conduct even cursory oversight of those districts, according to a city auditor report.
The result is that people living in and using public spaces in those districts can face unequal treatment because of privately funded security services, according to the report. That can create extra hardship for people living outside because the districts pay for extra Portland police officers, private security and an assistant district attorney — and no city officials review if those enhanced security forces are acting within an appropriate scope of duties.
The auditor also said that at least two of the districts are largely controlled by property and business owners, so renters have little say in how the Enhanced Service District in which they live is controlled.
Enhanced Service Districts are