Date: August 13, 2016 at 3:59:04 PM PDT
City of Coos Bay at a turning point. The long standing practice of taking a cut of the user fees to fund City operation may be in jeopardy. What! Probably you have heard that the Coos Bay Waste Water Plant #2 has been in upgrade planning mode for 13 years.
A waste water, user fee, payment structure was voted into practice in 2009, by the City Council, on the recommendation of City Staff, and other paid consultants. Those fee increases are moving up each year at a six and one half (6.5%) percent increase into the future.
Turns out, the cost of the city paying for the upgrade (total rebuild is required) is horrendously expensive, and the water discharge into the bay is a lower standard, by not using the best technology available.
Four of the current councilors said enough. Surely we can get bids for lower cost for a new plant. That could even lower our user fees. How?
Current method, city staff has proposed, to continue to want to design, finance, build, operate and own the plant. Using user fees to fund, all the wastewater operations.
What if? As clearly determined in the Council Wastewater Treatment Committee Meeting held at City Hall, Council chambers, August 12, 2016, 9 AM, the Coos Bay City Council can decide to go out for bids for a Privatized Waste Water Plant #2 upgrade.
OH! Of several options in the privatization concept, one is called a DBOO, which means the private offer, will be something other than the City of Coos Bay. The private Entity will Design, build, finance, operate, and own the plant.
Then it would be clear, this waste water plant owner, in their bid, would tell the City how much it will cost the users, so clean water can be discharged into the Bay. This will certainly help all to understand and see what their user fee is being used for.
This is very simplistic concept, and the City Council can request bids from private providers who would like to Design, build, finance, own, and operate a Waste water treatment plant here. The Council can compare the current 13 year proposal, and the new concept to see which is best for the future of the users, and the community at large.
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