The Cannon Beach City Council has formally voted to change the way it charges for water usage.
City Public Works Director Karen La Bonte detailed the new billing structure in a story published by The Gazette in November 2019, when the council met in a work session.
“Everyone pays a base rate based on their meter size,” said La Bonte. “Then, they pay a rate for the water they use above and beyond that base rate.
“In other words, you use more, you pay more. Everyone is treated the same that way.”
The new system will go into effect Sept. 1, La Bonte told The Gazette earlier this week.
“Under the existing structure, residential and commercial users are using about the same amount of service or usage, but residential was generating about 59% of the revenue and commercial about 41%,” according to a city presentation previously reported by The Gazette.
By looking at various billing scenarios, the council’s intent was to “find a more equitable distribution of services between audience members (commercial, residential, multifamily, etc.), not an exercise to increase revenue,” La Bonte said last November.
“In other words, the goal was to bill customers more equitably.”
Under the new billing structure, residential and commercial customers would pay “about the same amount for the same amount of usage,” she said previously.
That said, customers with 0ne-inch meters would pay more for water and sewer services under the new structure, as stated in the city’s earlier presentation. The customers could change their meters to three-quarter-inch size at a cost.
The city is sending information fliers with more detail to its customers in their utility bills, according to Assistant City Manager Colleen Dick.
The link to The Gazette’s previous story is https://www.cannonbeachgazette. com/news/city-looking-to-adjust-water-sewer-rates/article_defc32d2-09cf-11ea-a141-670aa4285772.html.