Hermiston Council Recommends Raising Water & Sewer Rates Over Two Years
Hermiston, Ore. – The Hermiston City Council recommended last night that a plan be created to raise water and sewer rates incrementally for a total increase of 16% by July 1, 2015. The recommendation will equal an 8% increase by July 1, 2014, and by another 8% by July 1, 2015. The increases, recommended by D. Hittle & Associates, Inc., are largely driven by the planned need to pay for construction and operation of the City’s new $27.2 million Recycled Water Treatment Plant.
The impact of the increases will still keep the bill for the average residential customer among the lowest of comparable Eastern Oregon cities. An analysis of water and sewer rates completed in October, 2012 showed that the average Hermiston water and sewer user paid less for the same service than they would in La Grande, Baker City, Ontario, Pendleton, and The Dalles. A comparison of Hermiston’s future rates against the other cities’ rates from last year shows that Hermiston rate payers will still see considerable savings.
The City Council will consider a plan at its next meeting, October 28, 2013 to raise rates by 4% January 1, 2014, 4% July 1, 2014, 4% January 1, 2015, and 4% July 1, 2015.