Is it common for cities to charge these fees?

Yes. Most cities in Oregon have some kind of right-of-way management policy and charge fees for its use. The League of Oregon Cities has provided model right-of-way ordinances for cities to use and the Oregon City ordinance is based on that model. Many other local governments in the area such as West Linn, Gladstone, and Clackamas County charge right-of-way fees to users.

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1. Why does the City charge utilities for using rights-of-way?
2. Is it common for cities to charge these fees?
3. How much does the City charge for using rights-of-way?
4. Does the City charge only private utilities or are publicly-owned utilities charged as well?
5. How is this fairer to ratepayers?
6. How does this affect me?
7. This is labeled a "tax" on my bill. Oregon City is calling it a "fee." So which is it?
8. How does the City spend the money collected from these fees?
9. I heard that Oregon City is being sued over this policy. Why?
10. Who may I contact to get additional information about this program?