Coos Bay City Council busted, caught with hands in the cookie jars of sewer user’s rate payers. Will Council seek forgiveness or pay reinburstments? For the years of charging sewer user rate payers for more than they used.
This practice was again pointed out by a Citizen, at the May 5, 2015 Council meeting concerning agenda item Resolution 15-06 Sewer Fee Adjustment. It was explained away as a common practice and the City had been doing it for years, no one knows when it started. The term in the resolution is “fraction thereof”. Layman terms, rounding up any amount over 100 cubic feet, up to the next 100, and charging for the increased amount, not amount used.
Who is not paying attention? At the Town Hall Meeting, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, noon, Coos Bay Library Myrtle Room, a Citizen said to the meeting presenters, City staff, Mayor and Council members in attendance, “when we pay our water bill they are rounding up the charges”.
At the Council meeting May 5, 2015, the practice was continued, resolution passed. Justified by required billing lead time for a 6.5 percent rate increase to start, June, billing cycle. July 21, 2015, practice of rounding up discontinued, with a two month lead time, a resolution in the August Council meeting, will continue through September or October. Four or five months or more of missing cookies.
Will the Council refund rate payers their missing Cookies? Every Budget and every Sewer Fee Adjustment vote during the past years, did council know they were voting to take extra cookies, without permission. Oh, who needs permission, they are our representatives.
Cookies are extracted annually from Citizens jar. September. 2014, Solid Waste fee increase, 1.9 percent. May 2015 Sewer Rate Fee increase, 6.5 percent. May 2015 Budget adoption, Property Tax Increase, 3 percent. July 2015 CB/NB WaterBoard Rate increase, 6.1 percent. July 7, 2015 PacifiCorp Franchise Fee increase, 2 percent. Does Council has any idea how may fewer Cookies the citizens have after the Council decides, share your Cookies.
Next on the table, gas tax, 5 Cents per gallon. Cities cost to put on ballot? If passed, buy 10 gallons, pay $.50 more, the state gets a cut, rest to City, after administration cost, directed to streets. See Coos Bay Councilors at, gas tax town hall meeting.
Is the Council inventorying cookies in the Cities’ jars?
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Coos Bay OR 97420
The City of Coos Bay has been struggling with sewer plan #2, Empire in redesigning and upgrades. They think that they are ready to now construct a new plant, as soon as the permits are approved.
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