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WATER & SEWER RATES – Hearing October 21, 2015

The City has contracted with engineering firm HPR, Inc to complete a comprehensive Water/Sewer Rate Study during 2015.   The results of that study will be presented at a PUBLIC HEARING on OCTOBER 21, 2015 at 7pm in the City Council Chambers, 320 N. First Street, Kalama.     The Mayor and Council encourage the public to attend this important meeting.

The purpose of the Rate Study is to determine what the rates need to be in order to meet all the needs of the system and that rates are equitable to the customers. 

The City has struggled in recent years with the need to increase rates to meet the needs for operations, system improvements and the current debt obligations, while understanding the citizen concerns with rising costs during the economic downturn.  The rates paid for water and sewer services cover the expenses of operating the system which includes the day to day operations, but also the costs for maintaining the system through repairs when something fails and making upgrades to the system to avoid failures.   By law none of the revenue received from water/sewer rates can be allocated to other functions of the city such as police, streets, or library, but only spent on water/sewer related activities.  

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