Proposed CWS Budget: Be Informed and Involved

April 6, 2021

Clean Water Services' Budget Committee to Review Fiscal Year 2021-22 Budget 

Clean Water Services goes through a budget process from January to June each year. This process helps guide what investments the community will make in water resources management and establishes sewer and stormwater rates for the following fiscal year.

Rates support our work in protecting water resources as we look beyond this pandemic and keep up with changing needs. This requires additional investments in aging infrastructure, ensuring our long-term water supply and meeting stricter federal and state pollution control rules.

Under the current proposal, for the average household the regional sanitary sewer rate would increase by $2.07 (4.5%) a month, and the regional surface water management fee would increase by $0.50 (5.4%) per month, beginning July 1, 2021.

The proposed 2021-22 budget will be made available for review and public comment in late April. This page will be updated with more information on the budget review and comment process as it becomes available, including virtual participation options for the following meetings:

  • Friday, May 7, at 9 am, the CWS Budget Committee, comprised of five citizens and the five members of Clean Water Services' Board of Directors, will review the proposed budget, consider approval and make their recommendations to the Board.
  • Tuesday, June 15, at 10 am, the CWS Board, which is also the Washington County Board of Commissioners, will conduct a public hearing to consider and adopt the budget.

Due to the financial stress many families and businesses are feeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, Clean Water Services held sanitary sewer and surface water management rates at their current levels through June 30, 2021. This was the first time in nearly 20 years that rates have not increased.

For more than 50 years, Clean Water Services has worked to protect public health, while enhancing the natural environment. Combining science and nature, we clean water and return it to the Tualatin River, so it can be used again. More than 600,000 customers enjoy clean water and healthy rivers and streams as a result of our innovative water management solutions, drainage management, water-quality and stream-enhancement projects, habitat protection and more.

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