Irrigon residents will see a slight increase on their sewer and water bills next year after the city council voted Tuesday to adjust minimum rates.

The council approved lowering bond fees for sewer and water as more users gradually come onto the system. The difference, however, was shifted to the basic utility charges, resulting in an overall increase of $1.67 per month for single-family homes.

City Manager Aaron Palmquist said the revenue will be dedicated to building reserve funds for infrastructure projects. In particular, Palmquist said the city’s water pipes are decades old and in need of attention.

“We’re already financially strapped in debt,” Palmquist said. “We’re trying to be good fiscal managers.”

For a single-family home, the basic utility charge for sewer will be $46.17 and $14.88 for the bond fee. The basic utility charge for water will be $23.63 and $15.32 for the bond fee. All changes will take effect July 1.

Local businesses should contact Irrigon City Hall at 541-922-3047 for their adjusted fee schedule.

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Contact George Plaven at gplaven@eastoregonian.com or 541-966-0825.

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