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Water board favors small increase in rates

Customers of the Boring Water District can expect to pay more for water during the coming fiscal year.

At the June 12 meeting of the district's board of directors, the panel will consider at its final reading a proposed rate increase of between 5 percent and 6 percent.

Under the ordinance, which received a 3-0 affirmative vote at its first reading, base rates - based on meter size - would remain the same. But monthly water-use rates would rise by 10 cents for each 100 cubic feet of water used.

A typical monthly user of 1,000 cubic feet (7,500 gallons) of water would be charged $1 more each month.

That $1 raise is true for more than 70 percent of the district's customers, said Board Chairman Bob Boring.

The increased income, according to Boring, will enable the district to avoid large raises in any one year.

'In the past,' he said, 'the board has held its ground with no raises, and then all of a sudden everything would catch up and we'd have to have a big raise.

'The board feels it is better to have little raises (more often) instead of large raises (when revenues are reduced).'

Boring said the largest increases in the proposed budget are in maintenance and materials and employee salaries.

The 10-cent increase in rates, if approved, would amount to about $9,000 across the district. If not all of the increase was needed in the coming year, Boring said, any leftover funds would be held for use in subsequent years.

Local residents and water users will be allowed to speak to the board June 12 before it votes on the proposed 2012-2013 budget, which totals more than $670,000.

The ordinance to increase water rates by 10 cents will get a separate vote, and local residents also may speak about that before the board members cast their votes.

Should the ordinance receive an affirmative vote at the June 12 meeting, it would become effective July 1.

Customers were notified of the rate-increase proposal at the end of April with their regular billing.

The budget meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 12, at the water district's office, 28577 Wally Road.

For more information, call 503-663-4594.