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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Council takes up proposed utility rate increases

May 20, 2016

Yesterday, Nick presented the proposed rate increases for Portland’s Public Utilities – the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services.

For the 3rd year in a row, Nick directed our two utilities to keep the combined rate increase under 5%, and once again they delivered. This year, they have proposed a combined rate increase of just under 4.5%, or roughly $4 per month for the typical customer.

Both the Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon (CUB) and the Portland Utility Board (PUB) testified in support of the proposed budgets, for both utilities.

We remain committed to providing good value to Portland’s ratepayers, and to investing in basic services like replacing old pipes and preparing for the Big One.

For more information on our utility rate increases, visit the sites below:

Commissioner Fish’s Statement

Portland Water Bureau’s PowerPoint

Bureau of Environmental Services’ PowerPoint

Why Portland utility bills will rise a bit (OPINION)
The Oregonian Editorial Board

Portland utility bills set for 4.5 percent rate hike
Katherine Kisiel from KATU 2 News

A $100 monthly utility bill in Portland? Yes
Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian