The Public Has Been Asked To Comment On A Proposed Increase In Hillsborough’s Water Rates

Prior to possible water rate increases in 2023, the city of Hillsboro wants to hear from the general public. For single-family residential customers, the city is recommending rate increases of 8.8% in 2023 and 8.9% in 2024.

The rate changes may be substantially greater for other clients. What Hillsboro Water is recommending is as follows:

Multi-Family Residential:

  • 10.4% in 2023
  • 10.4% in 2024

Non-Profit and Public Entities:

  • 10.4% in 2023
  • 10.5% in 2024

Irrigation, Fire Protection, and Industrial:

  • 10.5% in 2023
  • 10.5% in 2024

Commercial:

  • 10.6% in 2023
  • 10.5% in 2024

A typical residential customer consuming 6,000 gallons per month, according to the city, would pay $3.73 more in 2023 and $4.11 more in 2024 on their bill. Residential consumers make up more than 90% of Hillsboro Water’s clientele. According to Hillsboro Water, around 80% of those consumers use 6,000 gallons or less of water per month or less.

The Public Has Been Asked To Comment On A Proposed Increase In Hillsborough's Water Rates
The Public Has Been Asked To Comment On A Proposed Increase In Hillsborough’s Water Rates

At its meeting on Tuesday, October 11, 2022, the Hillsboro Utilities Commission will determine whether to implement these proposed rate hikes, but the city is still interested in hearing from its customers.

September 1 through September 30 is the formal 30-day period for public comment. Customers can respond to an online survey, send an email to Hillsboro Water, call 503-615-6702, send a letter to 150 East Main Street, or ask questions about the proposed water rate modifications on social media.

On September 19 and October 3, public meetings regarding water rates are also open to the public.

At a meeting on Tuesday, October 11, the Hillsboro Utilities Commission will consider feedback from the public and cast a vote on the suggested water prices. The water rate adjustment would go into effect on January 1st, 2023, and 2024, assuming it was approved.

The expense of repairs and updating worn-out components will be covered by the increased water tariff, according to the city of Hillsboro.

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