Thursday, April 24, 2014

Citizen Complains about the Cost of Lake Oswego

To All COLA LO Members,

For the past few years many in our community have noticed the escalating cost of living in Lake Oswego.   Its on the minds of many citizens especially those on fixed incomes.

COLA board members have heard this concern from a variety of residents and members.  

This week in the LO review a resident put it in perspective.     Many have wondered how West Linn has risen in several measures above Lake Oswego over the past few years.  

Well one component is clearly described in the article Why are costs in LO higher?:

"Why are costs in LO higher than West Linn?
As a newcomer to Lake Oswego, I find two of my basic living expenses surprising: In West Linn my monthly one-can trash pickup (free recycling pickup) was $7.95 per month. Here it is $29.52, some 271 percent higher. My West Linn monthly water/sewer bill for a single-family home on an acre was $40 per month. Here, in a much smaller house, it is more than $100, some 150 percent higher and rising.Combined, that’s $47.95 in West Linn versus $129.52 Lake Oswego each month.  I knew Lake Oswego was a wonderful place to live, but is it worth almost three times more for water and trash?"

This article should prove insightful to many in the community.  

 Please notify all members, contacts, and friends.   

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