Oregon City Water Rates Study

A 1996 City Charter amendment enacted by Oregon City voters requires the City (in 2014) to rollback water rates to near-1994 levels. The Charter also restricts water rate increases to no more than 3% per year—even if there is a water emergency. The 20-year old water rates will not support the needed operations and maintenance of Oregon City’s water system nor will it support replacement of old water pipes.

Barney & Worth facilitated community advisory group meetings, prepared informational materials, and managed public opinion research to support Oregon City staff and Commission efforts to place a new City Charter Amendment on the May 2013 ballot.

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