To All COLA LO Members,
The details can be found at How We Have Changed but the text can be found below:
Old utility bill shows how much we’ve changed - I read with great interest (the April 4 Lake Oswego Review) cover story about the rising Lake Owego utility rates. Recently, while preparing for the Community Shred Day, I found a utility bill, dated Nov. 13, 1996, through Jan. 14, 1997. At that time, the monthly charge was $25 per month. Today, I pay $95 per month. After the rate increase in July, the monthly rate will be about $101 per month. In annual terms, my bill has gone from $300 per year in 1997 to more than $1,200 per year in July 2013. On a monthly basis, my rates have risen an average of $4.68 per month or $56 per year over the 16-year period.
Although our rates have been affected by infrastructure upgrades, such as the LOIS, perhaps it’s time for the city council and other civic leaders to examine the real costs of progress, development and population growth, particularly as they relate to the expansion of the drinking water system. Upgrade it, don’t expand it.
Another Rise in Water Rates?
Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.