The Oregon Elevations RTC Application has been in the works for a couple of years, and has received a lot of interest from various Oregonians, including a handful of landowners.
But a major problem is the lack of a clear understanding of the RTC’s requirements.
For example, there is no way to determine the RCT’s “maximum elevation,” a key metric for assessing the benefits of an elevation change.
And there is a wide gap in understanding the RTS’s “ratepayer” obligations, which are defined in the RTA as: The ratepayer shall be responsible for all costs incurred by the ratepayer, including any additional costs of compliance, including but not limited to costs incurred to implement, enforce, or defend the RRT.
A clear understanding that the RTTP is not limited solely to a few landowners, though, would help guide the process of designing a solution that is affordable, effective, and fair.
The Oregon RTC was created by the Oregon Legislature in 2005 to address a need for more information about the impact of an elevated elevation.
Oregon’s RTC includes the following three elements: 1.
The RTC, which is responsible for establishing the elevation.
The ratepayers, which includes landowners and property owners.
The public, which has the right to review and comment on the proposed changes.
The RTC is the Oregon equivalent of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Oregon RTS has been working to address the issues identified in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s report, “Earthquake Hazards in the Oregon National Forest.”
The report was released in December of 2012.
“Earthquakes can be devastating, and their impact on public health is severe,” the report said.
“A new national system of risk assessment and mitigation for the Oregon forest would help protect and enhance public health and economic security.”
According to the report, Oregon ranks among the top 10 highest-impact states for seismic activity in the United States, and the Forest Service has estimated that the impacts of earthquakes in the state would be “more than $1.5 billion in lost property value and $2.1 billion in economic losses per year.”
There are two main ways to address this issue.
The first is to provide greater clarity and clarity on the terms of the proposed elevation changes, such as the maximum elevation.
The second is to establish a regulatory framework for the RTP to consider and address.
Although the Forest and Resource Conservation Agency has not yet approved the RMT, the Forest Resources Management District has been tasked with developing a framework for implementing the RPT.
According the RCCMD, the framework includes a clear delineation of responsibilities for all RTC staff and stakeholders, and provides for “an effective public process that is transparent and accountable.”
The Forest RTC has also been tasked to create a website, www.oregonforest.gov, that will be used to communicate and update the public on the RtCT process.
At the same time, the RTRC has been given the opportunity to provide a draft RTC proposal for public comment, but has yet to take the comments.
While the Forest Rtct is working to develop a framework, the issue of whether the Forest is being too accommodating of its ratepayers remains a key concern.
Since 2011, the forest has had a $1 million annual budget, but it is estimated that ratepayers will pay more than $100 million more annually to the Forest.
When asked if it is realistic for the Forest to be spending more money on ratepayers than it has been, Chief Operating Officer and RTC Executive Director Ron Rittich responded, “I’m not aware of it.
But, yes, I believe that’s the reality.
It’s an assumption that ratepayer money is going to be allocated to us, and we’re not going to spend it on ratepayer interest rate.”
Rittich added, “It’s just a reality that we are going to have to live with and it’s a reality we’re going to deal with.”
At a meeting in October, the UTRC board agreed to increase the ratepayers’ annual budget from $1,000 to $2,500.
In order to keep the rate-payers’ ratepayer fee-based, the board will be raising it from $10 to $25 per year.
If the Utrc board decides to increase ratepayers rate from $25 to $50, it will have to do so within 30 days.
That would mean that rate payers will pay $50 more annually than they have paid in the past.
Rittach added that if ratepayers continue to see increased rates over the next two years, the Board will be forced to increase its rate by another $50 per year to maintain the rate payment rate. Meanwhile,