Proposed Utility Rate Increases

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CITY OF HALSEY Proposed Water/Sewer Rate Increase Hearing

The Halsey City Council will be discussing the following proposed utility fee increases:

  • Water- There is no proposed increase for the water base rate (includes up to 3,000 gallons). However, there are slight proposed changes to the usage tier volumes and their corresponding rates, as well as an additional proposed tier that would apply to the highest users.
    • Tier 2 (3,001-6,000 Gallons) $1.25 per 1,000 Gallons
    • Tier 3 (6,001-9,000 Gallons) $1.90 per 1,000 Gallons
    • Tier 4 (9,001-16,000 Gallons) $2.25 per 1,000 Gallons
    • Tier 5 (16,001 Gallons and Over) $2.75 per 1,000 Gallons
  • Sewer
    • Base Rate (0-3,000 Gallons)- $41.50
    • Tier 2

The increases would begin on July 1 of 2024 with the 2024-25 fiscal year. 

Revenues derived from the Water Fund and Sewer Fund are used specifically for the costs associated with the day-to-day operation of the Water Plant and the Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Costs associated with testing, permitting, chlorination, operation, maintenance, and repair; as well as future replacement or upgrading of the facilities are all part of the ongoing expenses associated with the water system and the sewer system. Inflation and the steadily increasing costs of utility materials and contracts continue to place a burden on the Water and Sewer funds. The 2023 Western Region CPI shows an average increase of 4.32%. The CPI is a measure of goods and services that is a common tool for estimating the cost increase associated with operations.

The City is planning a series of wastewater infrastructure projects to address the growing critical need to our treatment facility, and to address stormwater inflow and infiltration issues. In addition, building up the water and sewer reserve funds will provide more funding options and may help protect citizens from an emergency bond or sudden emergency rate increase.

The City Council will meet and discuss the proposed increase in these fees during the regular City Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, 2024 at 7:00 p.m. at Halsey City Hall, 100 W. Halsey Street, Halsey, OR.

All citizens interested are encouraged to attend this meeting and provide comments, share concerns, or ask questions on the reason for the proposed increases.  If you have additional questions, please contact City Hall.

Published in The Brownsville Times, June 1st, 2023 and in the June 2023 Halsey Happenings Newsletter.

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