Public Comment Welcome on Proposed Budget and Rates

Clean Water Services’ proposed Fiscal Year 2022-23 Budget would increase the regional sanitary sewer and surface water management rates by 4% or $2.29 per month for the average customer in urban Washington County. If approved, these rates will go into effect July 1, 2022.

CWS is committed to anticipating and solving the complex water challenges of the region and the small, slow, sensitive Tualatin River. This year’s $564 million budget reflects a long-term emphasis on keeping rate increases reasonable and predictable. It’s also structured to meet the challenges and needs facing CWS, its partners, the Tualatin River Watershed, and those who call it home. Priorities include:

  • Replacing aging infrastructure,
  • Planning for population growth,
  • Meeting increasingly strict regulatory requirements,
  • Addressing water resource limitations,
  • Responding to climate change impacts,
  • Navigating supply chain issues and inflation, and
  • Investing in a resilient workforce.

The proposed budget is available for review here. Public comment and questions are welcome:

  • At a public meeting on Friday, May 6, at 9 a.m., during which the Clean Water Services Budget Committee will review the proposed budget, receive public comment, consider approval, and make recommendations to the CWS Board of Directors. The meeting will be conducted virtually via Zoom. To provide public testimony online via Zoom or by phone, members of the public must register using this form link at least two hours prior to the meeting’s start time.
  • Via email no later than May 2.

The Budget Committee meeting will be broadcast live on both Clean Water Services’ and Washington County's YouTube channels. On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, the CWS Board of Directors will conduct a public hearing to consider and adopt the budget.

Additional information on the CWS budget and rates can be found at cleanwaterservices.org/budget.

For more than 50 years, Clean Water Services has worked to protect public health, while enhancing the natural environment. Combining science and nature, we clean water and return it to the Tualatin River, so it can be used again. More than 600,000 customers enjoy clean water and healthy rivers and streams as a result of our innovative water management solutions, drainage management, water-quality and stream-enhancement projects, habitat protection, and more.

 

Contact

Julie Cortez
Public Affairs Specialist - Content & Media
Clean Water Services
503.681.4453 (o)
503.880.0503 (m)
cortezj@cleanwaterservices.org

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