Clackamas River Water commissioners approved increased retail water rates for the next eight years by an average of $3.91 per month starting after the meter readings this month. Customers’ June 30 bill will include the rate increase.

During last week’s CRW meeting, commissioners reviewed a flier to be delivered around the neighborhood soon stating that customers’ average bimonthly bill will jump from $26.90 on May 1, to $35.24 on May 1, 2015, and to $44.49 on May 1, 2016.

It also points out that CRW charges less for water than Portland, Lake Oswego and Oregon City, among six cities listed. However, it charges more than five Oregon cities including Milwaukie, West Linn and Gladstone.

The flier adds that for every dollar charged to customers, 63 cents goes toward day-to-day operations, 4 cents is spent on capital equipment, 19 cents is used on capital improvement projects, 4 cents for outstanding bonded debt, and 10 cents is put into savings.

CRW President Larry Sowa was the only commissioner who voted against the rate increase.

Sowa doesn’t think the average ratepayer will be able to afford the rate increase and preferred an alternative plan, saying Thursday evening, “I thought that we should’ve streamlined the agency instead of raising the rates.”

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