The Hermiston City Council approved a plan to incrementally raise water and sewer rates by 16% by July 1, 2015.
HERMISTON, OR - The Hermiston City Council approved a plan to incrementally raise water and sewer rates by 16% by July 1, 2015 at their Monday meeting.
The increases won't all happen at once. They will come in the form of 4% raises every six months beginning January 1, 2014 and ending July 1, 2015.
D. Hittle & Associates, Inc. recommended the increases to help pay for the 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.
For a full list of the scheduled increases per-unit can be found here.