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Mill City Implements Water Rate Increase

posted Aug 31, 2018, 4:02 PM by Stacie Cook

First Water Rate Increase Since 2009 Approved, Effective October 1, 2018

Mill City, OR, August 31, 2018:  The Mill City City Council, at their August 28, 2018 meeting, approved Resolution No. 831, which authorizes rate increases for water service within the City of Mill City.  The increase is effective October 1, 2018 and each October 1 annually thereafter for a period of five consecutive years.  October 2018 rates shall be as shown in the below spreadsheet.

The absence of regular rate increases has meant that water revenues have held steady over the past nine years while expenditures continued to rise. However, the Water Fund is an enterprise fund and must be self-supporting.   It is the intent of the City to implement this rate increase to begin improving the overall health of our Water Fund and Water Reserve Fund.  Revenues from the increase will be used for much needed system maintenance and repairs as well as placed in a reserve “savings” account for future needs.  A full water rate study was completed prior to this increase and was the basis for determining what increase to implement.

The October 1st rate increase has the following impact on the average residential billing:

Units Used    Current Rate    Proposed Rate

       2                   $16.65        $21.65

       7                   $30.90        $39.15

      10                  $39.45        $49.65

      20                  $67.95        $84.65

      30                  $96.45      $119.65

The Mayor, City Council and Staff thank you for your understanding and request that comments, questions or concerns be submitted to: 

Stacie Cook, MMC

City Recorder

City of Mill City

PO Box 256

Mill City, OR 97360                    


A full outline of future increases is included the Resolution No. 831, attached below.

Stacie Cook,
Aug 31, 2018, 4:02 PM