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City Proposes Wastewater Rate Hike

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EUGENE, Ore. — Wastewater costs could be going up. Eugene city officials are proposing to raise rates for the next fiscal year.

Billions of gallons of sewage are treated at the treatment plant on River Ave. and the bulk of the rate increase will go toward improvements to the facility.

The commission oversees the plant and it has approved a regional rate increase of 3.5 percent. On top of that, the City of Eugene has proposed raising the local rate 2.75 percent. For a typical residential customer that uses about 5,000 gallons of water. That comes out to a monthly increase of about $1.09.

“They’re adjusted annually, and more or less depending on what the budget projection shows. We do a lot of inspections and planning for the future to see what’s needed. Sometimes there might be a special need and there might be a need to increase the rates a little more,” says Eric Jones with Eugene Public Works.

The wastewater rate hike will affect about  58,000 customers. If approved, it will go into effect on July 1st. The City of Springfield is also discussing similar wastewater rate increases and is also proposing raising stormwater rates about 50 cents a month for average household. Eugene is not raising stormwater rates this year.

Wednesday a public hearing will be held on the proposed wastewater rate increases. It will be at the public works building on E. Broadway at 2 p.m.

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