Portions of the North Clackamas Revitalization Area (NCRA) that lacked sewer service were annexed into Clackamas County Service District No.1 in 2008 – the first step toward providing sanitary sewer service to all residents in this community. Nearly 1,200 properties in the NCRA did not have access to sewer service. Design for the new system began in fall 2008 and construction started in fall 2009. All three phases of construction were completed by fall 2012. The Agency supported these efforts by providing capital funding to the project in the amount of $2,200 per eligible property to help offset the cost of hooking up to the sewer line. The Agency provided an additional $1.5 million contribution toward sewer construction costs to reduce assessments by $1,250 per eligible property. The Agency also implemented a Safety Net grant program in 2013 to assist low-income homeowners in the area by paying the principal on their annual sewer assessment fees. The program will run on an annual basis and will continue through the 20-year payment period.
Funding for the project was provided by the Clackamas County Development Agency, and Community Development Block Grant funds. Total Agency construction contributions:
- $1.5 million toward construction costs, decreasing sewer assessments for each property by $1,250.
- $1 million for the Safety Net Program
- $2,200 per eligible property toward construction, which acted as an offset for system development charges. This reduced hook-up costs for nearly 1,200 properties.
- Community Development Block Grant funds: $300,000 for road repaving following sewer installation.
- Replaced aging and failing septic systems.
- Improved health, safety and welfare of the community.
- Reduced financial hardship of the sewer connection for low-income homeowners in the area.
- Increased attractiveness of area for new development.