City utility to rise next month
Road maintenance fees in the city of Hillsboro will go up next month for all residents and businesses in the city.
Hillsboro's Transportation Utility Fee, paid for by residents, businesses and schools on monthly utility bills is used to pay for maintenance on the cities roughly 230 miles of streets, as well as bicycle lanes and sidewalks.
On April 1, the fee will increase for residential homes will rise 62 cents, to $8.79 per month. Residents living in apartments will see their rate increased to $7.91, about 50 cents per month higher than the current rate.
The fee has been increasing steadily since 2015, when the City Council decided to slowly increase the fee in order to clear a backlog of road maintenance thanks to rising costs. City officials have said delaying road maintenance can cost taxpayers as much as five times more to replace degraded roads then maintain roads. The city is expected to clear its backlog by 2024.
By Geoff Pursinger
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