To the editor:
The May 30, article in The Chronicle concerning the 12th St. home owners who were being charged more than 200 percent interest by The City of The Dalles for an unpaid sewer improvement charge seems typical to me of the kind of government we have had in The Dalles since the arrival of City Manager, Nolan Young more than 15 years ago. During this time, Young has proposed and imposed tax, fee and rate increases on the public which pays his more than $100,000 annual salary. I have personally been involved in stopping two of his tax proposals and the Oregon State Legislature passed a law in 2013 to prevent the City from imposing outrageous property development charges.
While the City, State and Country have experienced the worst economic times in 80 years, water and sewer service charges have gone up at unprecedented rates that are near, if not the highest anywhere in Oregon or Washington.
Nolan Young told the City Council last year that city roads were in decent condition when he was hired, but during his tenure over the past 15 years, the roads have not been well maintained and now Young proposes new taxes to get the roads back into the condition they were in when he took charge.
Urban Renewal continues in its unproductive and unaccountable manor consuming almost $1.5 million of property tax resources per year. When Dan Durow retired last year as City Planner, Nolan Young hired him back as a $30,000 per year part-time consultant, principally for Urban Renewal projects. If Young is worth his generous salary, why does he need such an expensive advisor?
Given all that has transpired, it is apparent to me that City Manager Nolan Young should resign along with his finance director, planning director and all of the City Council members who have so vigorously supported Young.
This would permit our Mayor, Steve Lawrence, to begin rebuilding City government with a staff and Council that could be empathetic and sympathetic to the tax paying, rate paying public.