Oroville City Council Votes on Water Rate Hikes, Temporary Housing

At Tuesday night's meeting, the Oroville City Council made two major decisions regarding proposed water rate hikes and temporary housing for Camp Fire evacuees.

Posted: Feb 6, 2019 9:07 AM

OROVILLE, Calif. - At Tuesday night's meeting, the Oroville City Council made two major decisions regarding proposed water rate hikes and temporary housing for Camp Fire evacuees.

Cal Water's Proposed Water Rate Hikes

The Oroville City Council passed a resolution that denounces Cal Water's proposed rate hike. 

The decision came ahead of a public forum next Thursday, Feb. 14.

The council unanimously opposed the increase.

"I don't see this solution as a slap in the face to Cal Water, I see it more as support for the people of Oroville and the businesses of Oroville that are subjected to these high water rates," said Linda Draper of the Oroville City Council. 

Temporary Housing for Camp Fire Evacuees

The Oroville City Council voted to allow temporary housing for Camp Fire evacuees on Oroville properties. 

The decision came after the Paradise Town Council and Butte County Board of Supervisors revoked ordinances that allowed evacuees to live in RV's on their properties in the burn scar of the Camp Fire. 

Oroville's new ordinance allows up to six mobile homes per acre. 

"You see these other communities helping the people from Paradise and I'm glad that Oroville is finally stepping up, and it was unanimous too, that made me feel good," said Steven Tatum, a resident of Oroville. 

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