Septic-to-Sewer Committee Recommendations
The Septic-to-Sewer Committee has studied funding and financing options for over a year and presented their recommendations to City Council on July 18th.
The Committee consists of your neighbors and experts – 8 out of 11 members live in the impacted area. The study area includes parts of the Desert Woods and Kings Forest neighborhoods, though any policy resulting from this process is expected to be applied city-wide.
The Old Farm District Neighborhood Association held a joint Neighborhood Meeting on August 11th with members of the Committee to present their findings to you and answer your questions.
Learn more about the process and recommendation with these links:
- SE Bend Septic to Sewer Advisory Committee website
- The Connection, July edition – The committee’s newsletter outlining the recommended framework
- The Bulletin: Bend sewer recommendation caps costs at $25,000 Committee recommends providing safety net for low-income residents
- The Bulletin editorial: Sewer proposal seems fair
City Council discussion on Affordability & Cost Sharing
• Rate model and cost sharing scenarios
• Legality of STEP fee
• Are there other rate scenarios we should model?
• Also: Moving to 100% design (regular meeting)
City Council discussion on Flexibility & Accountability
• Summary from other cities and ideas from these peer cities
• Examples of criteria for safety net program
City Council discussion on Ability to Pay Over Time
• Mechanics of LID
• Connection fees and considerations
City Council discussion on Assistance with Private Property Work
• Bundling private work in our public contract – risks and opportunities
• SEI Stub Out lots