Portland's elected auditor decried a lack of governmental oversight for the city's three enhanced service districts — warning that the "hand's off approach" to privately paid-for public services, including policing, creates a culture of unaccountability.

In a 12-page report published Thursday, Aug. 13, Auditor Mary Hull Callabero said the Portland City Council should write new rules for the districts governing how they are formed, what services they can provide and ensuring the public can provide input and seek transparency if things go awry.