Keeping up with local politics can be challenging and even confusing. But the decisions City governments make often affect residents' lives more than the national or state variety.
With that being said, here's three items Wilsonville City Council will consider at its upcoming meeting Thursday, Sept. 5 at Wilsonville City Hall.
Council to select Stevens' replacement
For the last few months, since former councilor Susie Stevens resigned from the council so that she could travel more frequently, Wilsonville City Council has been operating with one fewer councilor than normal.
But that will likely change in September.
The council initially received nine applications to fill the position. And after Mayor Tim Knapp and Council President Kristin Akervall narrowed down the candidates to five, the council interviewed the five candidates during a meeting Aug. 19. At the upcoming meeting, the council will deliberate and then select Olive Gallagher, Katherine Hamm, William Amadon, Joann Linville or John Budiao to be Stevens' successor. For more information about the interviews, read the recap: https://pamplinmedia.com/wsp/134-news/436611-347964-wilsonville-city-council-interviews-candidates-to-replace-susie-stevens.
Wilsonville City Council will continue a discussion started at the July 15 meeting about potential increased of water rates.
At the previous meeting, the City discussed increasing rates by 3% from 2020-2024, then keeping rates stagnant from 2025 to 2028 and then increasing them again by 3% from 2029 to 2034 for all water users or increasing rates based on the cost of service, which would see different increases for residential homes, multifamily housing, commercial and public water users.
"This (the across the board rates) is pretty mild as far as the revenue requirements we see. It probably would work out fine if you do it this way," said Doug Gabbard, the project manager at City consultant FCS Group during the July 15 meeting. "We suggest digging deeper into a cost of service analysis so we can look at the equity between customer classes."
West Linn-Wilsonville School District Superintendent Kathy Ludwig will provide an update on the 2019 Capital Bond measure, which will be on the November ballot along with a local option levy renewal. The bond would fund projects like a new primary school in Frog Pond and a new performing arts center at Wilsonville High and the local option levy currently funds 80 full-time teachers.
For more information about the meeting, visit https://www.ci.wilsonville.or.us/.
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