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Washougal City Council approves rate increases for utilities

By Camas-Washougal Post-Record
Published: January 27, 2024, 5:55am

Washougal utility customers will see increases in water, sewer and stormwater bills for the next five years.

The Washougal City Council adopted the new utility rates at a Monday meeting.

The council said increases for 2024-28 will be less than 3 percent per year for single-family ratepayers.

The increases to the city’s water, sewer and stormwater utility rates will be slightly less (2.31 percent in 2024) for multi-family customers and slightly more (3.26 percent in 2024) for commercial users.

An average bill for a single family that had paid $263 bi-monthly for water, sewer and stormwater in 2023 would pay around $270 in 2024. With an average system-wide rate increase of 2.9 percent annually, that would increase to $303 by January 2028.

The city offers two options for utility bill relief to residents — discounted rates for low-income seniors and an emergency utility assistance program, which provides low-income customers with a grant of up to $250 once per year.

Residents must be eligible for the federal government’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program to participate in the city’s emergency utility assistance program.

For more information, visit www.cityofwashougal.us/169/Utility-Billing.