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Letter to the editor: What kind of life?

To the editor:

I understand the city feels the need to update the discounts on water and sewage bills provided for those living in poverty, but I don’t think they realize what these increases will mean to the people affected.

The 2014 Federal Poverty Guidelines for a single-person household is $11,670 annually or $973 per month. The combined water and sewage bill will be $97.45 per month, just over 10 percent of the gross income of someone living at 100 percent of the poverty guideline. Rent for a one bedroom apartment will cost at least $500, leaving $375 each month for food, electricity, insurance, telephone service, clothing, and other incidental costs of living.

Could a person live like this? Perhaps, but what would their quality of life be? Does the city really need the extra revenue from these 205 people to justify reducing their quality of life even further than it is currently?

Russell Jones

The Dalles

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