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Few homeowners face massive ULID assessment for sewer

The idea that a proposed sewer extension to the Tanner and Truck Town areas will tax people out of their homes doesn't hold up under scrutiny, said Ron Garrow, North Bend public works director.

Last month, Garrow was directed to investigate the effect on homeowners facing the largest increases.

Of the approximately 265 parcels in the proposed Utility Local Improvement District (ULID) east of North Bend that would be responsible for sharing the $11.7 million cost to bring sewer to the area, just 11 properties have a single-family home on larger acreage - the kind of residential properties facing a hefty bill because of development potential that worried council members and those who spoke against the ULID in public hearings, Garrow said.

Those properties each face assessments of between $62,000 and $425,000. Each property is charged a portion of the sewer cost based on how much value the addition of sewer is expected to bring to the property.

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