Beaverton council will consider utility rate increases
Increased rates for garbage collection, sewers and storm drains, and water will be on the agenda of the Beaverton City Council on Tuesday, June 5.
Public comments will be considered during three separate hearings at the meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 12725 S.W. Millikan Way.
All proposed rates would take effect July 1.
The monthly rate for residential garbage collection for a 32-gallon container would increase 10.5 percent from $25.20 to $27.85.
Commercial collection rates would go up 14.4 percent.
The current rates were set on Nov. 1, 2015, when the residential rate went up 5 percent.
The primary reason for the proposed increase is the added cost incurred by waste haulers as China declines to accept shipments of waste paper and plastic for recycling. The problem is regionwide.
Washington County commissioners approved a $2 surcharge on residential rates — about 10 percent — and a 4 percent increase in commercial rates for the same reason. Those increases took effect April 1 and apply in areas outside cities.
Meanwhile, the council will consider increases in sewer and stormwater fees recommended by Clean Water Services, the regional agency responsible for sewage treatment and stormwater management in most of Washington County. Cities keep part of the proceeds — in Beaverton, that's 16.4 percent for sewers, 75 percent for stormwater — and the rest of the money goes to the regional agency.
The monthly sewer fee is proposed to increase 3 percent from $45.54 to $46.91.
The monthly stormwater fee is proposed to increase 6 percent from $10.25 to $10.78.
All the fees take into account a 5 percent right-of-way fee charged by cities to utilities, including public agencies.
As for water, the city staff proposes a 3.3 percent increase from $3.07 to $3.17 monthly for every 100 cubic feet used, plus an increase of 7.1 percent in the demand charge based on meter size. For most residential meters, the new demand charge would be $15 monthly.
For an average household, the increase is $1 per month in the demand charge — for 5/8-inch and ¾-inch meters, which constitute 89 percent of all city water meters — and 80 cents per month for usage assumed at 800 cubic feet.
Water, sewer and storm drain rates are set annually.