Lake Oswego utility fees to help fund schools

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LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) — The Lake Oswego City Council approved a one-year increase in utility fees to help fund schools.

The Oregonian reports homeowners will pay about $5 more a month when the increases take effect this summer on gas, electric and garbage service bills.

The utility fees are expected to raise more than $800,000. The council previously pledged to transfer $1.2 million in city funds, bringing the city’s total school support in the coming year to $2 million.

The Oregonian reports Lake Oswego’s decision to raise taxes for schools without a public vote is unusual.

The money will help the school district avoid laying off employees or shortening the school year.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com