Portland Water District Trustees Approve $43.6 Million Budget for 2018
Recently the Portland Water District’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved, 9-0 (1 abstention), a combined $43.6 million water and wastewater operating budget which represents a 3.8% increase over 2017. Much of the increase is related to infrastructure maintenance and improvements including water main replacement and wastewater treatment plant upgrades. In addition, for the first time in 8 years, new staff positions are being added to provide expanded wastewater pretreatment services, meet development demands, and implement a new information technology system.
Also a $19.3 million capital improvement plan was approved. The plan allocates $8.7 million in water treatment and distribution system upgrades and $5.5 million in wastewater collection and treatment facility projects.
The budget assumes a mid-year water rate increase of 3.8%, which is estimated to add an additional $0.79 to a typical monthly water bill. In coming months, the Board will consider a water rate increase. This does not affect wastewater rates, which are determined by local municipalities.
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