Sutherlin City Water Rates Usage Change (November 2010)
This measure was defeated
- YES 1,430 (46.61%)
- NO 1,638 (53.59%)
This measure sought approval of new water usage fees agreed upon by the city council. Rates were raised in 2007 in order to help pay for a new water treatment plant. Residents saw large hikes in their water bills and brought this issue forward, resulting in this measure. The new rates would charge a monthly rate as well as a water usage fee in order to balance out costs between heavy and light users. Though opponents to the measure noted that those that use a minimum amount of water and see no need to increase would end up paying twice as much even though their consumption does not go up. Proponents saw the monthly rate as a fair way to ensure everyone pays their share of the water.