How is this fairer to ratepayers?

Oregon City pays for costs associated with the management, upkeep, and repair of our rights-of-way and public lands. Without a policy to regulate rights-of-way users, utility companies were using the rights-of-way for free, forcing the City to choose between forgoing certain maintenance or pass the costs along to all taxpayers.

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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?