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ADM-14.07 - Rates and Charges for Water and Water-Related Services

RATES AND CHARGES FOR WATER AND WATER-RELATED SERVICES

Binding City Policy

BCP-ADM-14.07

 


PURPOSE

 

Section 1.  The Council finds:

 

(A) Pursuant to section 11-105 of the City Charter, this Council has determined revenues are needed to cover Portland Water Bureau costs, and the Commissioner-in-Charge of the Portland Water Bureau recommends the rates and charges prescribed herein be adopted in order to meet the Portland Water Bureau revenue requirements for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014.

 

(B) This Ordinance has been approved by the Office of the City Attorney.

 


POLICY

 

NOW, THEREFORE, The Council directs:

 

a.  That the Mayor and Auditor are authorized to execute on behalf of the City the following rates and charges for use of water and water-related services during the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015.

 

b.  This Ordinance is binding City policy pursuant to Code Section 1.07.020.

 


 

1.  BASE CHARGE

 

(A)  A base charge per bill, calculated on the actual number of days in a billing cycle, shall be levied on water and/or sewer services connected directly to the City system. A base charge per meter will be levied on sewer special submeters. A base charge shall be levied on drainage only accounts. The base charge shall be in addition to the volume or extra strength rates charged for water and sewer as follows:

  

Billed charges are as follows:

 

Quarterly (90 day) billed account is $33.40 prorated for the actual number of days billed at $0.3711 per day.

 

Bi-monthly (60 day) billed account is $33.40 prorated for the actual number of days billed at $0.5567 per day.

 

Monthly (30 day) billed account is $33.40 prorated for the actual number of days billed at $1.113 per day.

 

(B)  The base charge shall apply to any unused water service unless and until the property owner, or the party otherwise in possession or control of the property requests that the service be removed at the main and pays for the removal. Base charges shall apply to any unused water service supplying water to another city, water district or water company unless the entity requests that the service be removed at the main and pays for the removal.

 

(C) The Portland Water Bureau discount for low income single-family residential accounts is as follows:

 

If an account has a water or sewer bill that is less than the discount, no credit or refund would be given. 

 

Billed credits as follows: Water/Sewer Account Sewer Only Account
Quarterly billed Inside City account credit for 90 days $44.30 $16.70
Bi-monthly billed Inside City account credit for 60 days $35.10 $16.70
Monthly billed Inside City account credit for 30 days  $25.90   $16.70 
     
Quarterly billed Outside City account credit for 90 days    
•  Receiving water from supply conduits $22.30 $16.70
•  Receiving water from distribution system $39.40 $16.70

 

(D)  Fire protection services, and services equipped with backflow prevention devices or detector check metering devices located in vaults owned by the City, shall be billed a daily charge based on the size of the metered connection as follows:

 

Meter Size   Daily Charge
5/8" & 3/4" $1.2532
1" $1.3734
11/4" & 1½” $1.6740
2" $2.3319
3" & greater $3.1744

 

2.  COMMODITY RATE

 

For water used through metered services, the charge per 100 cubic feet shall be as follows:

 

(A)  Inside City Boundaries:

 

Retail Rate;                                                                                               $3.682

 

The Administrator of the Portland Water Bureau may invoke curtailment rates to address a serious water shortage. The Bureau will report to Council before establishing curtailment rates.

 

Receiving untreated water exclusively from the Columbia Sough Shore Well Field    $0.50

 

(B)  Outside City Services and Wholesale Distributors

 

(1)  Other cities, water districts or water companies purchasing water for resale.

 

GNR Water Company 

$0.574

Green Valley Water Company

$0.574

Hideaway Hills Water Company

$0.574

Lorna Water Company

$0.574

Skyview Acres Water Company

$0.574

Two Rivers Water Association

$0.574

 

 

City of Gresham

$0.578

Lusted Water District

$0.940

Pleasant Home Water District

$0.841

Rockwood Water PUD

$0.564

Palatine Hill Water District

$1.586

Burlington Water District

$1.061

Lake Grove Water District

$1.278

City of Tigard

$1.482

Valley View Water District

$1.720

West Slope Water District

$1.263

Tualatin Valley Water District

$0.884

Raleigh Water District

$0.734

City of Tualatin

$0.792 

City of Sandy

$0.446

 

(2)  Served directly by the City that are not other distributors.

 

Receiving water from supply conduits:

Residential and commercial rates are as follows;                                    $0.747

 

Receiving water from distribution system:

Residential and commercial rates are as follows;                                    $3.026
Formerly served by the Sylvan Water District;   $3.006

 

Pursuant to a dissolution agreement between the Sylvan Water District and the City of Portland, those current City customers who were served by Sylvan Water District at the time of the dissolution are charged this special Sylvan rate.

 

(3)  Water served to non-contract purveyors on an emergency basis may be charged rates calculated in the following manner or charged at the discretion of the Administrator of the Portland Water Bureau.

 

(a)  Short Duration Emergency Rates:  rates for water purchases of a duration of two consecutive days or less shall be the sum of the highest rate of wholesale customers using similar functional asset groups set forth in subsection a.2(B)(1) plus a 20 percent administrative fee. Any incremental costs incurred by the City to provide the service will be added to the costs determined above.

 

(b)  Mid Duration Emergency Rates:  rates for water purchases of a duration of three to seven consecutive days shall be the sum of the highest rate of wholesale customers using similar functional asset groups set forth in subsection a.2(B)(1) plus a 15 percent administrative fee. Any incremental costs incurred by the City to provide the service will be added to the costs determined above.

 

(c)  Long Duration Rates:  for purchases of water for more than seven consecutive days or in unusual circumstances a special long-term rate will be negotiated.

 

“Emergency” means an unforeseen circumstance or combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action as determined in the discretion of the Administrator.

 

(C)  Water will be furnished at Inside City Boundaries Commodity Rates to a continuous building having 50% or more of the area of the building located within the City boundaries. All other structures, buildings, shops, dwellings and/or sprinkling systems or parts thereof wholly outside the City Boundaries, shall be supplied by separate services and meters, and shall be charged the Outside City Boundaries Commodity Rate. The separate meters and services shall be furnished and installed at the expense of the owner of the premises.

 

3.  SERVICES NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED

 

(A)  For performance of services for which a charge is not otherwise specified, charges shall be actual cost of service, calculated as provided in City Code 5.48 and the City Comprehensive Financial Management Policy, including but not limited to Policy BCP-FIN 2.06.

 

4.  HYDRANT AND UNMETERED WATER USAGE

For the use of fire hydrants the charges shall be as follows:

 

(A)  Permit tag and usage charges for each device accessing hydrant:

 

(1)  Annual hydrant permit for tank type vehicle use only; charge for unmeasured water usage for 2 vehicle permit tags (includes 60,000 cubic feet). All tanks must have an approved air gap, and have a current water quality inspection certificate.

 

Permits purchased July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 will expire June 30, 2015. Permits purchased after July 1, 2014 may be discounted $50.00 per month for previously expired full months of same fiscal year. Permit fee will not be pro-rated for partial months or for additional tags for more then 2 vehicles.
 

Charge for 2 vehicle permit tags;

(includes 60,000 cubic feet water);                                                    $2,525.00
 
Each additional vehicle permit tag (for tanks under 1,000 gallons);   $350.00
     
Each additional vehicle permit tag (for tanks over 1,000 gallons);           $730.00
 
(2)  Temporary permit for metered water (not to exceed 90 days);          $335.00

       

This minimum charge includes 5,000 gallons or 700 cubic feet
recorded by leased Portland Water Bureau meter.

 

Measured water usage above the minimum charge:

each additional 100 cubic feet or part thereof shall be charged the commodity

retail rate prescribed in subsection a.2.(A) of this Ordinance;

 

(B)  In addition, the costs of attendant(s) and equipment shall be charged for as provided in City Code 5.48 and the City Comprehensive Financial Management Policy including but not limited to Policy BCP-FIN 2.06.

 

(C)  The Portland Water Bureau will require a deposit for hydrant use permits and/or rented equipment. The deposit may be applied to the tag and usage charges and/or equipment lost or damaged and furnished by or rented from the Portland Water Bureau.

 

(D)  Daily rental rate for hydrant valve and/or wrench: 

 

First three (3) days or part thereof;                                                         $10.50
each additional day or part thereof;   $3.50

 

(E)  The Portland Water Bureau requires a city-owned meter to be installed.  The rental rate for meters shall be as follows:

 

First three (3) days or part thereof;                                                         $10.50
each additional day or part thereof;   $3.50
 

(F)  The Portland Water Bureau requires an approved backflow prevention device be installed. The rental rate for a 2” double check valve shall be as follows:

 

First three (3) days or part thereof;                                                         $10.50
each additional day or part thereof;   $3.50

 

(G)  Hookup and water usage by naval vessels

 

Per week or part thereof;                                                                       $50.00

 

(H)  When the Administrator deems it prudent for what he considers extraordinary circumstances, the Administrator of the Portland Water Bureau may adjust rates for using the hydrants.

 

(I)  Fire hydrant usage is limited to authoritzed hydrants and their locations. Improper use of fire hydrant or unmetered service, or use of authorized fire hydrant or unmetered service without a permit shall be charged as prescribed in subsection a.15.(A) of this Ordinance.

 

5.  SERVICES FOR FIRE PROTECTION

 

(A)  Services used exclusively for fire protection shall be charged according to the size of the pipeline entering the property, plus additional costs for meter or data logger communication services as determined by the Administrator or his designee.

 

(B)  Commodity Charges

 

(1)  Water used for system testing registered on detector metered fire lines or estimated by the Administrator or his designee on unmetered fire lines shall be charged at the applicable commodity retail rate prescribed in Section 2 of this Ordinance.

 

(2)  Unauthorized water use registered on detector metered fire lines or estimated by the Administrator or his designee on unmetered fire lines shall be charged at the applicable commodity retail rate prescribed in Section 2 of this Rate Ordinance.

 

(3)  Unauthorized use of water from a fire line shall result in a charge of $1,000 for the first billing cycle during which the use occurs. Any subsequent unauthorized use during a subsequent billing cycle within twelve months of the first such use shall be charged a minimum of $1,000, provided that the Administrator or his designee may also impose up to an additional $4,000 charge in his or her discretion after consideration of the circumstances of the use.

 

(4)  If unauthorized use of a fire line occurs four or more times within twelve months of the first such use (including the first use in the count), the Administrator or his designee may thereafter treat the fire line as a standard service subject to all applicable provisions of this Rate Ordinance and Title 21 of the City Code.

 

(5)  At any time after December 1, 2014, the Administrator or his designee may require the installation on existing fire lines of additional or improved detector metering devices, including data loggers, pursuant to his authority to required such devises in Portland City Code 21.12.220, and may thereafter charge rates as allowed by Subsection 5(A) of this Rate Ordinance to recover the costs of meter or data logger communications. Failure to install the required devices on a schedule set by the Administrator or his designee is a violation for purposes of City Code 21.12.090.

 

6.  STANDBY SUPPLY CONNECTIONS

 

Distributors (other cities, water districts or water companies purchasing water for resale) having a water supply other than that furnished by the City of Portland and desiring a standby supply from the City of Portland shall be charged on the basis of the contract specific to that distributor. The Administrator is authorized to execute such contracts.

 

7.  LATE PAYMENT AND OTHER CHARGES

 

The following charges shall be made by the Portland Water Bureau and may be added to the sewer and water bill. General notice and information regarding the circumstances under which the Portland Water Bureau may access these charges shall be provided on customer bills.

 

(A)  Additional charges for late payment of bill:

 

(1)  When the status becomes past due:

Reminder late fee;                                                                     $5.00

 

(2)  When the bill goes to pre shut-off or urgent status:

Pre shut-off or Urgent late fee;                                                   $10.25
 

(3)  When a notice of pending shut off is delivered to a property.

Last chance late fee;                                                                $15.00
 
(4)  When the bill goes to shut off authorization status:
Authorization to disconnect water for nonpayment late fee;              $71.25
 

(B)  After the water has been shut off for non-payment, the Bureau may continue to assess late charges against any subsequent unpaid bill. Further, provision of Section 21.16.040 of the City Code pertaining to delinquent water bills, shall apply.
 

(C)  Additional charges for non-payment of bill or unauthorized water usage:

 

(1)  Illegal usage & lock meter (in addition to the commodity rate charged for usage); $50.50    

 

(2)  Plocking and locking of meter;                                                  $162.00        

 

(3)  Crimp/freeze or uncrimp/unfreeze a service, minimum charge;          $750.00

 

Amounts above those specified in subsections (C)(1), (C)(2), and (C)(3) may be charged as provided for in City Code 5.48 and the City Comprehensive Financial Management Policy, including but not limited to Policy BCP-FIN 2.06.

 

(4)  Shutting off water at main or reinstating service; as provided in City Code 5.48 and the City Comprehensive Financial Management Policy, including but not limited to Policy BCP-FIN 2.06.

 

(5) Returned payments;                                                                 $35.00

 

(D)  After the water has been shut off for non-payment, charge to restore water service after regular business hours:

 

Requests made between:    
Monday – Friday          8:00 am to 5:00 pm                                              No Charge
Monday – Friday          5:00 pm to 9:00 pm   $150.00
Monday – Thursday      9:00 pm to 8:00 am   $200.00
Friday after 9:00pm/Weekends/Holidays   $200.00

 

(E)  All accounts that become past due and unpaid are subject to collection action, at the City’s discretion, either through efforts of City staff or by a collection agency contracted by the City. Past due and unpaid account balances that become the subject of collection action may be charged any additional costs of collection incurred by the City. Costs to recover City staff collection efforts may be computed, and charges assessed for such collection costs shall not exceed an amount computed, in the same manner as charges for services performed for outside parties in City Code 5.48, and the City Comprehensive Financial Management Policy, including but not limited to Policy BCP-FIN 2.06. or as otherwise set by action of the Council.
 

(F)  The following charge may be added to the bill when meter readers are required to use more than normal time to read meters due to locked doors, fences or other obstructions established or permitted and each time the meter reader is required to return to read the meter.                                                                                                $85.00                        

 

(G)  Inactive accounts may be billed for charges related to account maintenance.

 

(H)  A deposit may be required as a condition of service as provided for in Section 21.16.090 of the City Code.

 

8.  SERVICE CHARGES 

 

The following charges shall be made by the Portland Water Bureau.

 

(A)  Parties wishing to decrease the size of the meter from 2" to 1";              $470.00

 

For decreasing any other size meter; as provided for in City Code 5.48 and the City Comprehensive Financial Management Policy, including but not limited to Policy BCP-FIN 2.06.

 

(B)  Parties wishing to increase the size of a meter shall pay the following charges, in addition to System Development Charges (SDC) contained in Section 10 of this ordinance.

 

Meters from 5/8" to 3/4", with a 3/4" service branch;                                  $175.00
Meters from 5/8" to 1", and 3/4" to 1", with a 1" service branch;   $175.00

 

Meters larger than 1”; as provided for in City Code 5.48 and the City Comprehensive Financial Management Policy, including but not limited to  Policy BCP-FIN 2.06.

 

(C)  For testing water meters at consumer or owner’s request.  (If the meter is reading in error, there is no charge for testing):

 

5/8”, 3/4” or 1” meters;            $135.00
1½” or 2” meters;   $170.00

 

Larger than 2” meter; as provided for in City Code 5.48 and the City

Comprehensive Financial Management Policy, including but not limited

to Policy BCP-FIN 2.06.

   

 

(D)  For inspection and testing backflow prevention devices pursuant to Section 21.12.320 of the City Code:   
  

For initial inspection of new installations;              $545.00

For annual testing of privately owned devices for compliance with

Oregon Department of Human Services Rules;

         $170.00

 

If repair is required; as provided for in City Code 5.48 and the City

Comprehensive Financial Management Policy, including but not limited

to Policy BCP-FIN 2.06.

   

 

(E)  Fee for preparation and filing of all legal documents as part of the Water

Bureau permitting process;

  $565.00 

 

(F)  Fee for developer plan reviews:    
      Backflow prevention                      $180.00
      Commercial building   $135.00

      Final plat review/Final development plan review (all types)/

      EA Appointments/Lot Confirmations

  $85.00
      Land use review/Property Line (Adjustments)   $110.00
      Early Assistance    
          Type A   $210.00 
          Type B   $150.00 
          Type C   $100.00 
          Type D   $50.00 
      Public Works Permit    
          Plan Review Type A   $500.00 
          Plan Review Type B   $200.00 
          Inquiry   $50.00 
          Appeal-ARC   $50.00 
          Appeal-PWAP   $83.00 
      Single family/Duplex/Rowhouse   $55.00

      Street opening permit-First 2 utility installations

      submitted on one permit;

  $55.00
          each additional utility installation same permit   $30.00
      Subdivision   See Exhibit A 

 

(G)  For removing vehicles, material, debris, shrubbery, plantings or any other obstructions limiting or preventing clear access to meter when owner or occupant fails to maintain clear access; as provided for in City Code 5.48 and the City Comprehensive Financial Management Policy, including but not limited to Policy BCP-FIN 2.06.

 

(H)  For searching records to provide information to respond to requests for historical data or records, the City may charge for the time expended, as provided for in the City Code and City policies. There may also be charges for duplication of records. A written request and/or deposit may be required.

 

(I)  Special services requested by the consumer, owner or other person may be charged for as provided for in City Code 5.48 and in the City Comprehensive Financial Management Policy, including but not limited to Policy BCP-FIN 2.06. A written request and/or deposit may be required.

 

(J)  Application fee for Cell Site lease, to be assessed only if the cell site lease application is approved.    $1,200.00

 

9.  CARRYING CHARGES

 

(A)  Water, sanitary sewer and stormwater bills issued by the City that become past due are subject to a carrying charge at a rate of 12% per year (1.0% per month simple interest) on the unpaid balance. Carrying charges may be added to extended payment plans.

 

(B)  Outstanding Portland Water Bureau receivables unrelated to water, sanitary sewer and stormwater utility bills shall be subject to a carrying charge at a rate of 12% per year (1.0% per month simple interest) on delinquencies greater than 28 days from date of invoice. 

 

10.  SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CHARGES

 

(A) A System Development Charge (SDC) will be levied for each new water meter (and on increases in the size of existing meters) connecting to the City water system inside the City boundaries. The charge will be according to the size of the meter and will be payable at the time of application for service as follows:  
 

Meter Size             Charge
5/8”   $2,185
3/4”   $3,277
1”   $5,462
1½”   $10,925
2”   $17,227
3”   $32,300
4”   $53,834
6”   $107,668
8”   $172,269
10”   $309,653

 

(B)  This SDC is in accordance with ORS 223.297-314. The SDC is a reimbursement fee based on the estimated replacement cost of existing water facilities, less depreciation. The SDC nets out contributed capital and outstanding bond principal, while adding the value of construction in progress, to arrive at a cost basis. The current equivalent meters are combined with the cost basis to arrive at a cost per equivalent dwelling unit. The methodology is available for public inspection.

 

(C)  When water from a Portland Water Bureau main is not available to a customer's location within Portland City limits and it is determined by the Administrator or Chief Engineer of the Portland Water Bureau that the customer may best be served by an outside jurisdiction, the Portland Water Bureau may collect from the customer fees and charges as established by the outside jurisdiction (including SDC and installation charges) and may pass onto that jurisdiction the money collected to cover its charges.

 

(D)  New water service connections solely for temporary (1 year or less) construction or fire protection purposes or temporary (2 years or less) irrigation services as described in City Code 21.12.090 shall be exempt from payment of the SDC.

 

(E)  The conversion of an existing fireline to a service for use other than fire protection, or the continued use of a fireline for other than fire protection, or the continued use of a temporary service shall require the payment of the SDC as provided for in subsection a.10.(A).

 

(F)  In the event a service has been removed prior to reconnection or establishing a new connection, the person desiring a new connection within the same tax lot shall pay a SDC only on the difference in charges between the size of the previous connection and the new connection being requested. If the service was removed more than 36 months prior to reconnection the applicant must provide proof of payment of the original SDC or proof of the existence of the original service. No SDC or credit for a previously paid SDC will apply when a smaller connection is requested.

 

(G)  Qualified Affordable Housing shall be exempt from the Water SDC pursuant to City Code 30.01.095:

  

(1)  For a single family residential, SDC exemption shall not exceed the value of a 5/8” water service SDC.

 

(2)  Affordable Housing exemptions will not exempt any commercial SDCs associated with the development. Commercial spaces will either be separately metered or pay the full SDC share based on each commercial space's estimated water usage as determined by the Bureau Administrator. 

 

(3)  Any applicant seeking an exemption shall specifically request this exemption no later than the time of the City’s issuance of the first occupancy permit on the new development.

 

(H)  Any newly permitted and constructed Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) conforming to City Code Title 33 definition of an ADU will receive a waiver of the SDC fees until July 31, 2016, provided that the ADU receiving the waiver obtains a final inspection and certificate of occupancy no later than June 30, 2017. The SDC waiver shall not exceed the value of a 5/8" water service SDC.

 
11. CHARGES FOR INSTALLATIONS, ACTIVATIONS, AND PERMANENTLY REMOVING SERVICES   


Notwithstanding the provisions of City Code 21.16.160, and except as provided in subsection (B) below the charges for installations, activations, and removing services shall be as follows:

 

(A) For service installations, activations, and removals for which a charge is specified in the Portland Water Bureau’s “Water Fee Schedule” approved on May 5, 2014 by the Chief Engineer the charges so specified. The “Water Fee Schedule” is attached as Exhibit A and incorporated herein.

 

(B) The charges contained in the Water Fee Schedule for installations, activations, and removing Services shall not apply to the following service installations. For the following service installations, charges shall be calculated as provided for in City Code 5.48 and the City Comprehensive Financial Management Policy, including but not limited to Policy BCP-FIN 2.06.

 

(1) Services not listed in the Water Fee Schedule;


(2) Services installed in State or County roadways, services the installation of which is affected by Street Car or Light Rail or railroad facilities;


(3)  Services installed under circumstances determined by the Chief Engineer to be sufficiently different from the circumstances assumed in creation of the Water Fee Schedule that the actual cost of installation is likely to exceed substantially the charges contained in the Water Fee Schedule. 

 

Link to Exhibit A - Water Fee Schedule  (PDF Document, 1 MB)


12. CHARGES FOR INSTALLING A FIRE HYDRANT

 

Except as provided in Subsection (B) below and subject to cost sharing and cost adjustments made available pursuant to Portland Administrative Rules, the following charges shall apply:

 

(A) For Fire Hydrant installations for which a charge is specified in the Portland Water Bureau's "Water Fee Schedule" approved on May 5, 2014 by the Chief Enginner the charges so specified. The "Water Fee Schedule" is attached as Exhibit A and incorporated herein.


(B) The charge in subsection (A) above shall not apply for the following hydrant installations. Charges in the following hydrant installations shall be calculated as provided for in City Code 5.48 and the City Comprehensive Financial Management Policy, including but not limited to Policy BCP-FIN 2.06.

 

(1) Any hydrant installed in State or County roadways, hydrants the installation of which is affected by Street Car or Light Rail or railroad facilities,


(2) Any hydrant installed under circumstances determined by the Chief Engineer making it likely that the actual cost of installation will exceed substantially the charge specified in this Rate Ordinance.

 

(C) Removal or adjustment of a fire hydrant shall be calculated as provided for in City Code 5.48 and the City Comprehensive Financial Management Policy, including but not limited to Policy BCP-FIN 2.06.


13. CHARGES FOR INSTALLING MAINS

 

Notwithstanding City Code 21.08.010(C), except as provided in subsection (B) below, and subject to cost adjustments pursuant to Portland City Code 21.08.020, 21.08.030, and 21.08.060 the charges for installing mains shall be as follows:

 

(A) For all main installations for which a charge is specified in the Portland Water Bureau’s “Water Fee Schedule,” approved on May 5, 2014 by the Chief Engineer, the charges so specified. A copy of the “Water Fee Schedule” is attached as Exhibit A and incorporated herein.

 

(B) The charges contained in the Water Fee Schedule shall not apply to the following mains. For the following mains, charges shall be calculated as provided for in City Code 5.48, City Code 21.08.010, and the City Comprehensive Financial Management Policy, including but not limited to Policy BCP-FIN 2.06. 
 

(1) Charges for mains not specified in the Water Fee Schedule;


(2) Mains installed for other governmental agencies, within the Downtown Sub-district (defined in Title 33), in newly paved streets under 5 year moratorium, in State or County roadways, Highway/Freeway, Local Highway, Arterial/Collector street, mains that cross or are in streets affected by railroad, Street Car or Light Rail facilities (as identified or defined in the City of Portland CGIS system street classifications);


(3) Mains installed where the Chief Engineer determines that the circumstances are sufficiently different from the circumstances assumed in creation of the Water Fee Schedule that actual cost of installation is likely to exceed substantially the charges contained in the Water Fee Schedule.


14.  COST SHARING UNDER CITY CODE 21.08.020

 

(A) For purposes of cost-sharing permitted by City Code 21.08.020, and notwithstanding any administrative rules previously adopted by the Administrator, an applicant shall be responsible for 60% of the cost of a project whose total cost does not exceed $125,000 and the Water Bureau shall be responsible for 40% of the cost, not to exceed $5,160 for a standalone fire hydrant installation and not to exceed $2,580 for a hydrant installed with a main extension. In circumstances where it is deemed in the public interest to adjust the cost distribution for an individual project, the cost distribution may be adjusted in accordance with the criteria found in City Code 21.08.020 with the written approval of the Chief Engineer, the Administrator, and the Commissioner in Charge. 

 

(B) Notwithstanding this provision, the Administrator of the Portland Water Bureau retains his authority under 21.08.020 to establish cost sharing distributions through administrative rule and may update these Council established cost share distribution by rule.

 

15.  PENALTIES

 

(A) A person found liable for violation of Portland City Code 21.24.050 shall be subject to a penalty of up to $5,000 plus reimbursement to the City of the cost of repairs, calculated as provided in City Code 5.48 and the City Comprehensive Financial Management Policy, including but not limited to Policy BCP-FIN 2.06.

 

16.  ADJUSTMENTS

 

(A)  When collecting fees and charges, the Administrator of the Portland Water Bureau may make adjustments, pay refunds, authorize or waive fees and charges when it is in the best business interest of the City. A full explanation of these changes must be filed with the office records. Credit balances on a on a final billed account of $20.00 or less will not be refunded unless approved by the Administrator of the Portland Water Bureau or designee.

 


The water rates and charges fixed by this Ordinance shall be in force and effect from and after July 1, 2014 and any and all Water Rate Ordinances now in effect conflicting in any manner with the provisions of this Ordinance, are hereby repealed on and after July 1, 2014.

 


HISTORY

 

Ordinance No. 180192, passed by City Council May 31, 2006 and effective July 1, 2006.
Amended by Ordinance No. 181008, passed by City Council May 31, 2007 and effective July 1, 2007.
Amended by Ordinance No. 181840, passed by City Council May 21, 2008 and effective July 1, 2008.

Amended by Ordinance No. 182843, passed by City Council May 27, 2009 and effective July 1, 2009.
Amended by Emergency Ordinance No. 183688, passed by City Council and effective April 14, 2010.
Amended by Ordinance No. 183832, passed by City Council May 26, 2010 and effective July 1, 2010.
Amended by Ordinance No. 184626, passed by City Council May 25, 2011 and effective June 24, 2011.
Amended by Ordinance No. 185374, passed by City Council May 30, 2012 and effective June 29, 2012.
Amended by Ordinance No. 186042, passed by City Council May 22, 2013 and effective June 21, 2013.
Amended by Ordinance No. 186608, passed by City Council May 28, 2014 and effective June 27, 2014.