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.")

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