Oregon RV Park, City Settle Water Rate Dispute

The city of Falls City, Ore., and Green Haven RV Park have reached an agreement on how the park should be charged for water until the city completes a water rate study, the Polk County Itemizer-Observer reported.

The agreement changes the base rate for the park from $108.86 per month to $326.58, increases its utility reserve fee from $10 to $30 and adds a base of $15 for each of five semi-permanent RV sites. Overage charges of $3.12 for each 1,000-gallon unit will be charged after usage surpasses 15,000 gallons.

The estimated bill based on the new agreement would be $433.83.

The city and park have negotiated for months after the city deemed the park’s bill was too low for its usage.

At first, the city wanted to charge the park the residential rate of approximately $42 for each of the 30 RV sites, and the residence, shower and office on site.

The park owners and residents objected to an increase of that size — it would have more than doubled the rate — and hired an attorney.

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