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Denise Beasley: I am willing to pay up to $9.21 per month extra for new water pipes and extra reservoirs.

On Nov. 2, Oregon City residents will have an opportunity to vote to replace water pipes that are over 100 years old, plus construct two more reservoirs.

This is very important to our city as evidenced by the February 2021 ice storm when our reservoir was depleted to just 2 feet of water in the tank until the electricity came back on.

We can all realize what can happen with water pipes that are 100-plus years old. These projects cannot be delayed any further.

There will be two measures on the ballot in November. One will allow the city to borrow money using a low-interest, long-term loan. The other will allow a water distribution rate increase up to 3% above the current limit of 3%, for a total of up to 6%. If the first measure passes, the rate increase would be less than the limit. This would be for a six-year period. If the second measure (rate increase) does not pass, it may not be possible to get the loan, and we will be stuck with an inadequate water system.

One of the big points that was not addressed specifically in the most recent Oregon City News article is the fact that the water distribution rate is a relatively small part of our total utility bill. An average utility bill has a water distribution portion average of $22 per month. If the maximum rate increase occurs every year for six years, the rate would be $31.21.

I am willing to pay up to $9.21 per month extra for new water pipes and extra reservoirs.

Water is life. Let us be good stewards.

Denise Beasley

McLoughlin neighborhood, Oregon City


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