Tualitan Valley Water District gives up the property tax

It seems the Tualitan Valley Water District, one of the better water districts, will give up using a property tax to finance its business, which is, of course, to sell water. Instead it will use the money it gets from customers to finance the water district.

According to Commissioner Richard Burke:

By this time next year the TV Water District will generate its revenue from user fees. “The local power company doesn’t collect property taxes, so why should we?” states Burke. “Basically, we are like a local water company. We sell water. Why not get rid of the property taxes and make money like any other business, by selling our product -water?”

In a way it makes a lot of sense. But I wonder if this means that water rates will rise for those elderly and disabled on a fixed income or for those whose income falls way below the poverty level.

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