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State of City likely to address water rates


Ticket sales will close on Friday, Feb. 15, for Oregon City Mayor Doug Neeley’s third-annual State of the City Address.

Neeley is expected to discuss his priorities around referendums to prevent a water-rate rollback and modify a cap on water-rate increases enacted by voters in the '90s ("OC rate rollback hits city projects," Aug. 14, 2012). At last week's regular meeting, the City Commission discussed language of separate ballot measures to address the rollback and to raise a cap on water-rate increases to 6 percent.

City commissioners also solidified goals last week that see a need to create permanent police, library and public-works facilities. Neeley will also likely celebrate last year’s completion of the Highway 213 "Jughandle" project, along with the Arch Bridge and Main Street renovations.

The Oregon City Chamber of Commerce and Pacific Crest Grand Ballroom, 610 McLoughlin Blvd., will host the speech on at 11:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 22.

Registration is available at oregoncity.org.