Agenda Bill 2010-06-14-01 - Public Hearing on Water Rates
Agenda Bill ID:
AGENDA BILL 2010-06-14-01
Subject: Public Hearing on Water Rates (Continued)
For Council: June 14, 2010 Land Use Case Number: N/A
Public Hearing: The Council is expected to take public comment on the issue of modifying the methodology for assessing water rates in West Linn and in creasing those rates
Presentation of Water Rate Options
City Council Goals for 2009-2010 and the Adopted Water Master Plan
The City’s Water Fund does not currently have revenue stream that is able to sustain the recommended amount capital maintenance on the water system. Voter approval of a new rate system will provide these resources.
The proposed water rate options will provide an incentive for conserving water.
Policy Questions for Council Consideration:
Does the Council wish to consider placing a measure on the September 2010 ballot that would alter the method of setting water rates and increase rates on some residents greater than the 5% annual increase allowed by the City Charter?
The West Linn City Charter only allows annual increases of up to 5% for any utility without a vote of the community.
The City Council adopted a new Water Master Plan in December 2009 that includes $21 million of maintenance projects over the next 20 years, including constructing a new Bolton Reservoir.
To initiate these projects. The City needs to increase water rates, which are currently the lowest in the region.
The Council received a staff presentation on this issue at its May 17 joint work session with the Utility Advisory Board and at its May 24 meeting. The Council is expected to receive public testimony at this meeting and again on June 28 when the Council is expected to decide if it will place a measure on the September ballot.