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How much is proposed water rate increase?

Regarding the article "Water will be on the March ballot" (Tidings, Dec. 6), the proposed water rate increase of 18 percent is in addition to the annual increase of 5 percent that the city already implements, correct?

Vince Miles

West Linn

(Editor's note: Assistant City Manager Kirsten Wyatt responds: "The statement is correct. Our financial forecast assumes a 5 percent increase on Jan. 1 each year in each year of the forecast; if approved by voters, the 18 percent increase would be a one-time increase mid-year in 2013.")