|City of Canyonville Oregon Slaps School Doubles Water Bill in Lieu of Taxes|
In June, 2011, CCA asked the city to stop the double charges. It pointed out that for years it was subsidizing much of the water bill for downtown Canyonville. But CCA's request was ignored. In October, 2011, the school offered to settle for a small fraction of the over-payments. By the school's calculations they would be letting the city keep almost $160,000 in improper charges. CCA's offer was refused.
Meanwhile, month by month, the surcharges continued. When the school asked one of the city councilmen, why the city continued to do this, he answered, "Because we can."
According to the new policies of the city, neither CCA nor any of the other churches and non profits in Canyonville will henceforth be charged double for their water but there would be new changes that would exclusively effect CCA. Beginning in June, 2012, each room of CCA's dormitories would be treated as "an apartment" or "condominium." Beginning in June, CCA will be paying almost double the water bill they had been paying before they blew the whistle. According to the school's calculations the new charges will likely amount to $240,000 over the next ten years.
CCA believes the newly announced increased charges assessed against the school are a retaliatory punishment for exposing an illegal scheme.