Resolution No. 2015-22

A Resolution adopting a new monthly rate schedule for sewer utility customers and repealing all prior sewer rate schedules and resolutions

 The Hood River City Council finds as follows:

 WHEREAS, ORS Chapter 225  authorizes cities to establish and set rates for sewer service for the costs of operating, constructing, repairing, and replacing sewage collection, treatment and disposal of effluent and solids; and
 WHEREAS, HBH Consulting Engineers., has completed Wastewater Facilities Plan (February 2015) and Economic & Financial Analysis (EFA) has prepared a Wastewater System Financial Plan and Rate Analysis (May 2015) based on the Facilities Plan which together are the Findings; and
 WHEREAS, in Resolution 2013-19 the City reduced the base rates for all customers by approximately 13% (e.g., from $48/month to $41.75/month for a single family house on a ¾ inch meter), and
 WHEREAS, the City has since completed construction of a new Indian Creek pump station and has authorized construction of a replacement sewer outfall from the wastewater treatment plant, and
 WHEREAS, the City has entered into two loans to pay for construction of the pump station and outfall, and
 WHEREAS, the City will need additional revenue to pay annual debt service on these two loans plus to pay for construction of additional capital improvements as identified in the Wastewater Facilities Plan

 WHEREAS, at the August 24th, 2015 City Council meeting the City Council deliberated on the recommendations in the Findings.

 NOW, THEREFORE, based on the foregoing Findings, the Hood River City Council resolves that all prior sewer rate resolutions are hereby repealed and rescinded.

 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that after due consideration, it resolves to increase the sewer rates on October 1, 2015 by 7.5% and on January 1, 2016 by 7.0%  as shown in Exhibit A attached to and made a part of this resolution. 

 Approved this 24th day of August 2015 by a majority of the Hood River City Council and to be made effective on October 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016 as shown in Exhibit A.

      Paul Blackburn, Mayor


Jennifer Gray, City Recorder Approved as to form:

Daniel Kearns, City Attorney