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North Florence residents say they’re ready for PUD

Posted: Friday, Dec 7th, 2012

A straw poll taken at a public meeting last week was unanimous, or very close to it, in support of Heceta Water District footing the bill for transforming the special district to a people’s utility district.

The meeting was hosted by district commissioners and staff, but attorney Ron Gerber, the chief petitioner in the move to change HWD to a PUD, led most of the discussion. Gerber is asking the district to pay the hefty bill for the county process.

It will be up to the district’s board of commissioners, however, to make the final decision to fund the change, which also calls for an election, with a total bill that could be as high as $29,000.

North Florence residents filled the conference rooms at Driftwood Shores Resort Tuesday night, Dec. 4, to talk it over, but opponents were few or nonexistent.

Gerber explained the process of petitioning for a PUD and the threat to residents if the city takes HWD customers from the urban growth boundary, while simultaneously stressing that forming a PUD would not protect properties from being annexed.

For the complete article see the 12-08-2012 issue.

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