By Kristine Thomas
Mount Angel City Manager Eileen Stein knows the key to get a city council to raise a rate, fee or tax is for her to do her homework and present the facts.
The facts are Mount Angel’s system development fees are the lowest in the county by far. And they haven’t been adjusted for more than a decade.
On July 1, Mount Angel system development fees will go from $5,049 to $8,188, an increase of 62 percent to help pay for water, sewer, storm, transportation and parks. But though the percentage increase is high, it still doesn’t bring fees in line with costs, needs, or neighboring communities. The council approved a second step, and fees will go up again on July 1, 2016 to $11,326.