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