Public comment is welcome when the Clean Water Services’ Board of Directors meets to consider the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget. The proposed budget would increase sewer and Surface Water Management (SWM) rates by 3.6 percent, or $1.83 for the average residential customer in urban Washington County, fund CWS operations and $124.1 million of investments to protect public health, the environment and clean water in the Tualatin River Watershed. This public hearing is part of their regular meeting and begins at 10 am on Tuesday, June 19 at the Hillsboro Civic Center: 150 E. Main Street in Hillsboro.
The rate increases are necessary to expand, replace and upgrade aging infrastructure; to fund operations and maintenance of the public drainage system; and to meet some of the most stringent state and federal pollution control requirements in the nation. The complete budget is available for review on Clean Water Services website at cleanwaterservices.org/budget. For more details read the Budget FAQs.
Clean Water Services' Board of Directors sets the districtwide sanitary sewer and SWM rates for urban Washington County customers. Washington County Cities adopt the rates and have the ability to add local surcharges to meet additional local needs. The rate income is shared proportionally between Clean Water Services and its member Cities. The utility fees protect public health, clean water and the Tualatin River and its tributaries through innovative wastewater treatment and stormwater management for nearly 600,000 people in urban Washington County.