A reduction in sewer rates, but an increase in water rates

By on Wednesday, September 15th, 2021 in Northeastern Oregon News Northeastern Oregon Top Stories

UNION, OR – The Union City Council passed an ordinance to increase water rates and reduce sewer rates.  After a lengthy rate study and many discussions, council passed unanimously to reduce sewer rates from $54 per month to $50 per month.  They also passed an increase in water rates.  New rates for residential water will be a monthly maintenance fee of $33 per month plus $0.005 per cubic foot for the first 1000 cubic feet and $0.0125 per cubic foot over 1000.  In effect the average residential user may see a $1 to $3 per month increase in their overall bill with the City.  

For business and large meter customers, the bills will increase see some of the same structuring for water but at a higher monthly maintenance rate dependent upon meter size.  Business and large sewer users may decrease a bit while some of the largest sewer users will see an increase.   The City can meet individually with people or residents may contact City Hall to discuss the changes that will be seen on their bill.  

Residents and business will not see the increase on their bill until the printing of the bill to be due November 10, 2021.