General Information

The City operates its three utilities just like a business. That means the Water, Wastewater, and Storm Water utilities must generate enough revenue through user fees to cover all the costs of operating the "business". In addition to staff time, equipment maintenance, and materials and supplies needed to provide the direct services of each utility, other costs, such as debt service payments and funding for capital improvements, must also be recovered through the rates. Utility funds are not supported by property taxes; revenue is generated from user fees.

Each year the rate schedule is reviewed to determine if adjustments are needed to maintain the utility fund’s viability. Costs in the utility fields historically increase at greater than inflationary rates. In addition, all three utilities are responding to evolving federal and state regulations, and to the needs of an expanding infrastructure system due to growth in the community.

The City Council adopted a strategy in 1995 to combine the three utilities when reviewing increase proposals. In this strategy, the combined increase can not exceed a Council-approved percentage. For example, if the approved percentage increase for the year was 6%, the water rate may increase 5%, the wastewater rate may increase 4% and the storm water rate may increase 10%, as long as the combined increase stays below 6%.

Council Policy

City Council Financial Policies

CP10.02 Revenue Policies

10.02.060.010 Utility Fee Basis

Utility user charges for each of the three City utilities will be based on the cost of providing the service (i.e., set to fully support the total direct, indirect, and capital costs) and established so that the operating revenues of each utility are at least equal to its operating expenditures, reserves, debt coverage and annual debt service obligations, and replacement of the utility’s facilities.

10.02.060.020 Annual Rate Review

Staff shall conduct a comprehensive rate review annually each fall for the water, wastewater and storm water funds for Council review. Rate increases will be targeted for implementation in February. Every effort shall be made to index/limit rate increases to the rate of inflation but not more than 7% in any one year unless Federal or State mandate, judgment arising out of litigation, or Council-approved policy needs dictate otherwise.

Rate Review Process

The Public Works Department takes the lead for the organization in the rate review process. This is because 90% of the activity in the utility funds is managed by Public Works. In September, we review and update the business plans for the department, including those for the utility funds. This provides a blueprint for any additions or changes to basic services needed in the upcoming years to meet the system demands. Projects resulting from this review or from the update to the Capital Improvement Program are prioritized and scheduled for an appropriate year. Working with the Finance Department, we identify fluctuations to non-operating costs, like debt service or equipment reserves.

Any cost changes from the business plan update, the non-operating expenditure review or new projects for the next five years are incorporated in a financial planning document, or pro forma. The pro forma is an instrument to test "what if" scenarios, adjusting expenditures and/or revenues to maintain the balance between rates and expected service levels and ensure the fund’s viability through the planning window. Staff-recommended utility rates are developed from this review.

Next, we ask local communities of a similar size for their utility rates to test the proposed Corvallis average monthly residential utility bill against other municipalities. This information, along with a history of rates in Corvallis for the last ten years, is provided to the City Council to aid them in their review.

In November, the utility rate adjustment discussion is scheduled for a meeting of the Council’s Administrative Services Committee. Public input is solicited through an ad in the local paper and the City’s monthly newsletter. A copy of the staff report and background material is put on file at the Public Library and City Hall for citizens to review. After the Committee examines the staff report and asks questions, they will forward a recommendation to the full City Council for deliberation.

One more opportunity for public comment is available at a public hearing before the full City Council. If, after their review of the issue, the Council approves the staff recommendation, they pass an ordinance changing the utility rates effective February 1st. A copy of the most recent staff report supporting the rate increases may be downloaded from this web site.

Rate Structure Review Project

Beginning in fiscal year 12/13 the City underwent a process to review the existing utility rate structure. Details regarding project information and the resulting changes can be found here.

Utility Rates -- Effective February 1, 2017

Rates for Single-Family Customers

Water
Wastewater**
Storm Water
Meter Size
Base Rate
Consumption Rates
per hcf*
Base Rate

Consumption Rate
per hcf*

hcf
1st
Level
2nd
Level
3rd
Level
All Usage
3/4"
$15.19
0-7
8-13
14+
$1.68
$2.18
$2.68
$1.93
$2.43
$2.93
$2.03
$2.53
$3.03
$18.01
$2.87
$7.59
1.0"
$23.37
0-7
8-13
14+
$1.68
$2.18
$2.68
$1.93
$2.43
$2.93
$2.03
$2.53
$3.03
$18.01
$2.87
$7.59
1.5"
$28.82
0-7
8-13
14+
$1.68
$2.18
$2.68
$1.93
$2.43
$2.93
$2.03
$2.53
$3.03
$18.01
$2.87
$7.59

* hcf = 1 unit = 100 cubic feet = 748 gallons.
** Wastewater rates are based upon water consumption. Summer wastewater rates are effective May 1 through November 30. Wastewater bills are based on the previous winter month's average water consumption or upon actual consumption, whichever is less.
*** ESU = Equivalent Surface Unit = 1 ESU = 2,750 square feet

Rates for Multi-Family/Fraternity/Sorority Customers

Water
Wastewater**
Storm Water
Meter Size
Base Rate
Consumption Rates
per hcf*
Base Rate

Consumption Rate
per hcf*

per ESU***
hcf
1st
Level
2nd
Level
3rd
Level
All Usage
3/4"
$22.55
0-7
8-13
14+
$1.21
$1.33
$1.45
$1.46
$1.58
$1.70
$1.56
$1.68
$1.80
$18.01
$2.87
$7.59
1.0"
$35.14
0-18
19-33
34+
$1.21
$1.33
$1.45
$1.46
$1.58
$1.70
$1.56
$1.68
$1.80
$18.01 $2.87
$7.59
1.5"
$43.53
0-35
36-65
66+
$1.21
$1.33
$1.45
$1.46
$1.58
$1.70
$1.56
$1.68
$1.80
$18.01 $2.87
$7.59
2.0"
$85.47
0-56
57-104
105+
$1.21
$1.33
$1.45
$1.46
$1.58
$1.70
$1.56
$1.68
$1.80
$18.01 $2.87
$7.59
3.0"
$295.17
0-112
113-208
209+
$1.21
$1.33
$1.45
$1.46
$1.58
$1.70
$1.56
$1.68
$1.80
$18.01 $2.87
$7.59
4.0"
$504.87
0-175
176-325
326+
$1.21
$1.33
$1.45
$1.46
$1.58
$1.70
$1.56
$1.68
$1.80
$18.01 $2.87
$7.59
6.0"
$840.87
0-350
351-650
651+
$1.21
$1.33
$1.45
$1.46
$1.58
$1.70
$1.56
$1.68
$1.80
$18.01 $2.87
$7.59
8.0"
$1343.69
0-560
561-1040
1041+
$1.21
$1.33
$1.45
$1.46
$1.58
$1.70
$1.56
$1.68
$1.80
$18.01 $2.84
$7.59
10.0"
$1930.86
0-805
806-1495
1496+
$1.21
$1.33
$1.45
$1.46
$1.58
$1.70
$1.56
$1.68
$1.80
$18.01 $2.87
$7.59

* hcf = 1 unit = 100 cubic feet = 748 gallons.
** Wastewater rates are based upon water consumption. Summer wastewater rates are effective May 1 through November 30. Wastewater bills are based on the previous winter month's average water consumption or upon actual consumption, whichever is less.
*** ESU = Equivalent Surface Unit = 1 ESU = 2,750 square feet

Rates for Commercial and All Other Customers

Water
Wastewater**
Storm Water
Meter Size
Base Rate
Consumption Rates
per hcf*
Base Rate

Consumption Rate
per hcf*

per ESU***
hcf
1st
Level
2nd
Level
3rd
Level
All Usage
3/4"
$22.55
0+
$1.16
$1.36
$1.56
$22.54
Domestic - $2.87
Medium - $3.38
High - $4.85
Very High - $6.68
$7.59
1.0"
$35.14
0+
$1.16
$1.36
$1.56
$22.54
Domestic - $2.87
Medium - $3.38
High - $4.85
Very High - $6.68
$7.59
1.5"
$43.53
0+
$1.16
$1.36
$1.56
$22.54
Domestic - $2.87
Medium - $3.38
High - $4.85
Very High - $6.68
$7.59
2.0"
$85.47
0+
$1.16
$1.36
$1.56
$22.54
Domestic - $2.87
Medium - $3.38
High - $4.85
Very High - $6.68
$7.59
3.0"
$295.17
0+
$1.16
$1.36
$1.56
$22.54
Domestic - $2.87
Medium - $3.38
High - $4.85
Very High - $6.68
$7.59
4.0"
$504.87
0+
$1.16
$1.36
$1.56
$22.54
Domestic - $2.87
Medium - $3.38
High - $4.85
Very High - $6.68
$7.59
6.0"
$840.40
0+
$1.16
$1.36
$1.56
$22.54
Domestic - $2.87
Medium - $3.38
High - $4.85
Very High - $6.68
$7.59
8.0"
$1343.69
0+
$1.16
$1.36
$1.56
$22.54
Domestic - $2.87
Medium - $3.38
High - $4.85
Very High - $6.68
$7.59
10.0"
$1930.86
0+
$1.16
$1.36
$1.56
$22.54
Domestic - $2.87
Medium - $3.38
High - $4.85
Very High - $6.68
$7.59

* hcf = 1 unit = 100 cubic feet = 748 gallons.
** Wastewater rates are based upon actual water consumption throughout the year and the strength class of the wastewater discharge.
*** ESU = Equivalent Surface Unit = 1 ESU = 2,750 square feet

Rates for Irrigation Meters

Water
Meter Size
Base Rate
Consumption Rates
per hcf*
hcf
1st
Level
2nd
Level
3rd
Level
3/4"
$13.22
0-7
8-13
14+
$2.22
$2.88
$3.55
$2.62
$3.28
$3.95
$2.92
$3.58
$4.25
1.0"
$20.20
0-7
8-13
14+
$2.22
$2.88
$3.55
$2.62
$3.28
$3.95
$2.92
$3.58
$4.25
1.5"
$24.86
0-7
8-13
14+
$2.22
$2.88
$3.55
$2.62
$3.28
$3.95
$2.92
$3.58
$4.25
2.0"
$47.84
0-7
8-13
14+
$2.22
$2.88
$3.55
$2.62
$3.28
$3.95
$2.92
$3.58
$4.25
3.0"
$164.48
0-7
8-13
14+
$2.22
$2.88
$3.55
$2.62
$3.28
$3.95
$2.92
$3.58
$4.25
4.0"
$280.83
0-7
8-13
14+
$2.22
$2.88
$3.55
$2.62
$3.28
$3.95
$2.92
$3.58
$4.25
6.0"
$467.00
0-7
8-13
14+
$2.22
$2.88
$3.55
$2.62
$3.28
$3.95
$2.92
$3.58
$4.25
8.0"
$746.26
0-7
8-13
14+
$2.22
$2.88
$3.55
$2.62
$3.28
$3.95
$2.92
$3.58
$4.25
10.0"
$1072.05
0-7
8-13
14+
$2.22
$2.88
$3.55
$2.62
$3.28
$3.95
$2.92
$3.58
$4.25

* hcf = 1 unit = 100 cubic feet = 748 gallons.

Rates for Water Service Outside the City Limits

Rates for water service rendered outside the City shall be double the rates provided for service inside the City

Rates for Fire Service

The following are standby (minimum) charges for automatic fire service. Charges are based on wet or dry sprinkling systems without hose or other connections; combined systems will pay the regular service meter minimums and the regular meter rates:

Fire Service
Meter Size
Base Rate
2"
$3.05
3"
$10.66
4"
$18.27
6"
$30.45
8"
$48.72

The rate for water service delivered through detector meters for fire protection shall be the rates as determined from time to time by motion of City Council and are not covered by the foregoing rate schedules. For more information, call 541-766-6949.

Utility Customers with No City Water Meter

Single family property that does not have utility-provided water service and therefore has no water meter, but that has connection to the utility's wastewater service, shall pay $35.23 per month, plus the applicable storm water and transportation maintenance fees.

Multi-family unmetered rates shall be $35.23 per month for the first residential unit and $17.22 for each additional living unit above one, plus the applicable storm water and transportation maintenance fees.

Storm Water Rates

Single family
$7.59 per month
All other classes
$7.59 per ESU*
Special user
$1.42 per ESU*

* ESU = Equivalent Surface Unit = 1 ESU = 2,750 square feet

Additional Charges

New Account Set-Up Fee
During office hours
$25.00
After office hours
$60.00
Delinquent Account Reconnection Fee
During office hours
$35.00
After office hours
$100.00
  Hand deliver notice
$25.00
  Door hanger fee (per door hanger)
$5.00
NSF/Returned Check or Bank Draft
$25.00

For More Information

For questions regarding your bill or to start utility service, call Utility Billing at 541-766-6949.

For questions regarding the rate review process, call the Public Works Department at 541-766-6916.

 

Last updated: 6/29/2017 9:06:33 AM