Sunday, August 13, 2006

Let's Talk Sewage - Monday and Wednesday

Here's a message from "Bulldog" Dick Jones, ever-vigilant watchdog over those who tax us:
The Citizens Informed and Aware group of the Oak Lodge Community Council are hosting an Open Public Discussion centered on the topic of “SEWAGE.”

The Discussion is scheduled for 7:00 PM on Wednesday, August 16, 2006 at the Rose Villa Retirement Center Fellowship Hall. The location is 13505 SE River Road in Oak Grove OR.

Parking is available on the East side of River Road or along the curb on the West side of River Road. Please do not park on Rose Villa’s property West of River Road.

(Ed. Note.) This meeting follows after the Monday, August 14 meeting of the Citizens Advisory Council for the Clackamas County Service District No. 1 in the Water Environment Services office at the Sunnybrook Service Center, 9101 SE Sunnybrook Boulevard in Clackamas. The link to that meeting holds a wealth of information about what will also be discussed Wednesday night. (Ed. Note ends.)
There will be brief presentations on “Sewage” as it relates to the environment, as it relates to the economic development of the area and some of the new technology that is now available, etc. There will also be brief presentations on the current studies going on, in both Clackamas County Service District No. 1 and in Oak Lodge.

After the presentations, there will be ample opportunity for questions from the audience. Seize this opportunity to become a better informed Citizen about this topic that affects all of us. -- Dick Jones

Folks, this is especially important, for, unlike Multnomah County, we have no Tax Supervising and Conservation Commission to serve as a watchdog over our government's plans to spend (and therefore, tax. Local reporters have an independent analysis on Multnomah County and its cities and agencies spoon fed to them... but for Clackamas County, no such source. So, we must do it ourselves. Why? Take it from a guy who knew all about it....
Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. -- George Washington

These meetings lead to ballot measures, which lead to bonds being issued (after large lawyers' fees, paid for by you and me) and taxes levied. The interest on those bonds is handled by investment houses.

Ever wonder why lawyers and investment houses contribute frequently to political campaigns? Well, now you know.

Here's how bonding is supposed to work in Oregon. In other states, the bonding process has been (when inadequately competitive) a source of great opportunity for wealth transfer (from your pocket to theirs). In Oregon? Good question, deserves an answer.

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