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Oregon Park Owner Says Sewer Fees Unfair

June 3, 2008 by   - () Leave a Comment

The owner of a recreational vehicle park near Coburg, Ore., is preparing a legal challenge of the city’s sewer system financing plan, saying its assessment formula stinks.
Paul Williams owns Premier RV Park, which has 152 hookups and other facilities on 26 acres east of Interstate 5. Under the plan approved by the Coburg City Council last month, he would pay $219,000 for a collection system and connection to the city’s first wastewater treatment plant, according to The Register Guard, Eugene.
But he points to his competitor on the west side of the freeway, Eugene Camping World, which would be assessed only $33,000 for a 110-unit park.
Coburg officials say that discrepancy owes in part to the location of the two RV parks. For engineering reasons, the city designed two improvement districts – one on the east side and one on the west side of the freeway, City Attorney Milo Mecham said.
Eugene Camping World is located on the same side with Coburg’s major employers, the Monaco Coach Inc. and Marathon motorcoach factories. At least $3 million in grants the city received for the new wastewater system were landed in part because of that “employment sector,” Mecham said. For that reason, the council applied them to the western portion of the project – thus lowering the cost borne by city businesses and homeowners there.
That galls Williams, particularly since a former city administrator persuaded him to annex into Coburg four years ago in part by estimating that his business, Premier RV, would pay no more than $100,000 to hook up to a future wastewater system, Williams said.
He said he plans to appeal the decision to the Lane County Circuit Court.

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