WES Rates, Charges, and Fees

WES Rate Zones

WES Service Zones

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Monthly Sanitary Sewer Service Charges

(rates effective 7/1/2019)

Rate Zone 1 Sanitary Sewer Service Area

Includes the cities of Gladstone, Oregon City, West Linn, and a small number of WES retail customers in Oregon City.

The cities in Rate Zone 1 establish their own charges and fees for local collection and other services provided and bill directly to the customer.

  WES Monthly Service Charge per Equivalent Dwelling Unit City Right-of-Way Surcharge Total WES Monthly Charges per Equivalent Dwelling Unit
Gladstone $23.75

$1.20

$24.95

Oregon City $23.75 $1.50 $25.25
West Linn $23.75 - $23.75
WES Rate Zone 1 Retail $36.40 - $36.40

Rate Zone 2 Sanitary Sewer Service Area*

Includes unincorporated Clackamas County, the City of Happy Valley, western edges of Damascus, and communities of Hoodland, Boring, Fisher’s Forest Park, the City of Milwaukie, and the City of Johnson City.

The cities of Milwaukie and Johnson City in Rate Zone 2 establish their own charges and fees for local collection and other services provided and bill directly to the customer.

  WES Monthly Service Charge per
Equivalent Dwelling Unit
City Right-of-Way Surcharge Total WES Monthly Service Charge per
Equivalent Dwelling Unit
Unincorporated Clackamas County $50.55 - $50.55
City of Happy Valley $50.55 ≈$2.53 $53.08
Hoodland, Boring, Fischer’s Forest Park, Damascus $50.55 - $50.55
Milwaukie $37.90 - $37.90
Johnson City $37.90   $37.90
*Low income discounts available for qualified customers

Monthly Surface Water Service Charges

(rates effective 7/1/2019)

Rate Zone 2 Surface Water Service Area

Includes unincorporated Clackamas County and the City of Happy Valley.  
  WES Monthly Service Charge
per Equivalent Service Unit
City Right-of-Way Surcharge Total WES Monthly Service Charge
per Equivalent Service Unit
Unincorporated Clackamas County $7.30 - $7.30
City of Happy Valley

$7.30

≈$0.37

$7.67

Surface Water Monthly On-Site Maintenance (with approved Public Maintenance Agreement)
Unincorporated Clackamas County $3.00 - $3.00
City of Happy Valley $3.00 $0.15 $3.15

Rate Zone 3 Surface Water Service Area

(Includes the City of Rivergrove and portions of unincorporated Clackamas County draining into the Tualatin River)
$4.45

Sample Monthly Bill for a Single Family Home in the City of Happy Valley in Rate Zone 2

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES UNITS AMOUNT
SURFACE WATER 1 $7.30
SANITARY SEWER 1 $50.55
ON-SITE MAINTENANCE

1

$3.00

RIGHT OF WAY FEE 1 $3.04
TOTAL MONTHLY CHARGES   $  63.89
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System Development Charges

(rates effective 8/1/2019)

Sanitary Sewer System Development Charge (Rate Zones 1 and 2) $7,850.00
Surface Water System Development Charge (Rate Zone 2) 211.00

Sanitary Sewer Tap In - 4"

North Clackamas Service Area 125.00
Hoodland Service Area 150.00
Boring Service Area 125.00

Sanitary Sewer Tap In - 6"

North Clackamas Service Area 150.00
Hoodland Service Area 175.00
Boring Service Area 150.00

Other Development Fees

Collection Sewer Charge 6,000.00
minimum, if method of assessment does not apply to collector sewer
Apportionment of Assessment 105.00
plus recording fees
Installment Payment Application (not included in an assessment district) 110.00
Collection Sewer Charge Reimbursement Application 500.00
initial plus 100.00 per reimbursement
Easement Release Application Fee (Quit Claim) 260.00
plus District acquisition expense
Easement Encroachment Application Fee 105.00
Sanitary Sewer Disconnection 75.00
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Sanitary Sewer Plan Review - Subdivision $400.00
or 4% of the estimated cost of any required public sewer extension, whichever is greater; except, no fee will be due for; a) Tenant improvements where there is no change of use or no additional public sewer connection, b) Building additions less than 2,000 sq. ft. and there is no change of use or no additional public sewer connection
Sanitary Sewer Plan Review - Commercial/Industrial 400.00
minimum
Surface Water Plan Review - Minor Partition, Subdivision, Commercial/Industrial 400.00
or 4% of the installed cost of any required surface water management system, whichever is greater; except, no fee will be due where there is no additional impervious surface area.
Surface Water Plan Review - Single Family Residence 55.00
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Erosion Control Permit (ERCO)

With Certification
Single Family Residence $205.00
Non Single Family Residence 270.00
+ 80.00/acre over one acre
Without Certification
Single Family Residence 310.00
Non Single Family Residence 460.00
+ 80.00/acre over one acre
ERCO Re-inspection Fee 70.00
+ 25.00/acre over one acre

Industrial Pretreatment Discharge Permit Annual Fee

a. 5 to 8 Industrial User Points 1,500.00
per year
b. 9 to 13 Industrial User Points 2,250.00
per year
c. 14 to 17 Industrial User Points 3,000.00
per year
Septic Tank Waste Discharge 0.12/gallon
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Delinquent Account Certification $50.00
Delinquent Account Penalty 15%
per year
Lien Search 25.00
NSF Check 25.00
Public Records Copying 1.00
for first page and
0.10
every page thereafter & minimum charge of
20.00
per hour for staff time for voluminous requests
Public Records Research 35.00
per hour plus cost of reproduction
Miscellaneous - Any other service, the cost of which is not included in the items listed above, for which the District will be reimbursed for the expenditure of funds for professional services, labor or materials 45.00
per labor hour plus direct expenses to the District
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WES provides wastewater and surface water services to more than 190,000 people who live and work in Gladstone, Happy Valley, Johnson City, Rivergrove, Milwaukie, Oregon City, West Linn and unincorporated Clackamas County, in addition to the communities of Boring, Fischer’s Forest Park and the Hoodland area. 

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The sanitary sewer SDC will increase to $7,850 per equivalent dwelling unit (EDU) for each new sanitary sewer connection throughout the WES Service Area.  For residents in Gladstone, Oregon City and West Linn, the increase is from the current wholesale sanitary sewer SDC of $3,490 per EDU. For residents in Boring, Fischer’s Forest Park, Happy Valley, Hoodland, Johnson City, Milwaukie, Rivergrove and communities in unincorporated Clackamas County, the increase is from the current sanitary sewer SDC of $7,615 per EDU. 

The surface water SDC is increased from $205 per equivalent service unit to $211 to keep pace with inflation.  

Changes go into effect Aug. 1, 2019. 

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As part of the recent WES consolidation, a major review and analysis of capital needs was undertaken.  WES’ engineering team developed a revised 5-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which was adopted by the Board of County Commissioners in early 2019. This established an integrated capital plan that serves customers regardless of their location in the WES Service Areas.

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Based upon the recommendations received from the WES Advisory and Budget Committees, the Board of County Commissioners, whom also serve as WES’ governing body, approved the new SDC rates. The rates were adopted to address concerns about the impacts on the competitiveness of local businesses and overall economic development and also ensure that new connections paid the same irrespective of where in the WES service area a new connection was created. 

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SDCs are paid when property owners request new or expanded sewer service connections though building permits issued by cities or the county.  Some of those payments are collected by cities and routed to WES, while some are paid directly to WES during the permitting process. 

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Projects that do not increase the use of or impact the sewer system are exempt from SDCs. 

Credits are available for projects that offset the impact of the new connection on the system, such as when commercial and industrial users recycle wastewater and stormwater. 

Waiving SDCs is not an option. 

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Each year WES goes through a budget process, typically from January through June, to establish rates for the following fiscal year (July 1 to June 30).  Public meeting notices are published, inviting the public to comment on the proposed rates and fees before the budget is adopted. A notice regarding the SDC rates was published as required by applicable law.

Community members are welcome to attend budget committee meetings or to testify at a Board of County Commissioners Business meeting before the budget is formally approved in June.  

In addition, the Commissioners seek feedback from ratepayers, elected officials, developers, and business representatives that serve on the WES Advisory Committee. 

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The Board of County Commissioners has directed WES and its Advisory Committee to continue the dialogue around SDC rates, the impact on monthly service charges, and the best way for WES to meet its goals of protecting public health and the environment, supporting economic development, and serving as good stewards of ratepayer dollars. 

If you would like to stay engaged with WES, please sign up to be on our WES newsletter

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If you have any questions about the foregoing, please contact WES Finance Manager Doug Waugh at 503-742-4564 or dougwau@clackamas.us

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System Development Charges FAQ

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Monthly Sanitary Sewer Service Charges

(rates effective 7/1/2019)

Rate Zone 1 Sanitary Sewer Service Area

Includes the cities of Gladstone, Oregon City, West Linn, and a small number of WES retail customers in Oregon City.

The cities in Rate Zone 1 establish their own charges and fees for local collection and other services provided and bill directly to the customer.

  WES Monthly Service Charge per Equivalent Dwelling Unit City Right-of-Way Surcharge Total WES Monthly Charges per Equivalent Dwelling Unit
Gladstone $23.75

$1.20

$24.95

Oregon City $23.75 $1.50 $25.25
West Linn $23.75 - $23.75
WES Rate Zone 1 Retail $36.40 - $36.40

Rate Zone 2 Sanitary Sewer Service Area*

Includes unincorporated Clackamas County, the City of Happy Valley, western edges of Damascus, and communities of Hoodland, Boring, Fisher’s Forest Park, the City of Milwaukie, and the City of Johnson City.

The cities of Milwaukie and Johnson City in Rate Zone 2 establish their own charges and fees for local collection and other services provided and bill directly to the customer.

  WES Monthly Service Charge per
Equivalent Dwelling Unit
City Right-of-Way Surcharge Total WES Monthly Service Charge per
Equivalent Dwelling Unit
Unincorporated Clackamas County $50.55 - $50.55
City of Happy Valley $50.55 ≈$2.53 $53.08
Hoodland, Boring, Fischer’s Forest Park, Damascus $50.55 - $50.55
Milwaukie $37.90 - $37.90
Johnson City $37.90   $37.90
*Low income discounts available for qualified customers

Monthly Surface Water Service Charges

(rates effective 7/1/2019)

Rate Zone 2 Surface Water Service Area

Includes unincorporated Clackamas County and the City of Happy Valley.  
  WES Monthly Service Charge
per Equivalent Service Unit
City Right-of-Way Surcharge Total WES Monthly Service Charge
per Equivalent Service Unit
Unincorporated Clackamas County $7.30 - $7.30
City of Happy Valley

$7.30

≈$0.37

$7.67

Surface Water Monthly On-Site Maintenance (with approved Public Maintenance Agreement)
Unincorporated Clackamas County $3.00 - $3.00
City of Happy Valley $3.00 $0.15 $3.15

Rate Zone 3 Surface Water Service Area

(Includes the City of Rivergrove and portions of unincorporated Clackamas County draining into the Tualatin River)
$4.45

Sample Monthly Bill for a Single Family Home in the City of Happy Valley in Rate Zone 2

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES UNITS AMOUNT
SURFACE WATER 1 $7.30
SANITARY SEWER 1 $50.55
ON-SITE MAINTENANCE

1

$3.00

RIGHT OF WAY FEE 1 $3.04
TOTAL MONTHLY CHARGES   $  63.89
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System Development Charges

(rates effective 8/1/2019)

Sanitary Sewer System Development Charge (Rate Zones 1 and 2) $7,850.00
Surface Water System Development Charge (Rate Zone 2) 211.00

Sanitary Sewer Tap In - 4"

North Clackamas Service Area 125.00
Hoodland Service Area 150.00
Boring Service Area 125.00

Sanitary Sewer Tap In - 6"

North Clackamas Service Area 150.00
Hoodland Service Area 175.00
Boring Service Area 150.00

Other Development Fees

Collection Sewer Charge 6,000.00
minimum, if method of assessment does not apply to collector sewer
Apportionment of Assessment 105.00
plus recording fees
Installment Payment Application (not included in an assessment district) 110.00
Collection Sewer Charge Reimbursement Application 500.00
initial plus 100.00 per reimbursement
Easement Release Application Fee (Quit Claim) 260.00
plus District acquisition expense
Easement Encroachment Application Fee 105.00
Sanitary Sewer Disconnection 75.00
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Sanitary Sewer Plan Review - Subdivision $400.00
or 4% of the estimated cost of any required public sewer extension, whichever is greater; except, no fee will be due for; a) Tenant improvements where there is no change of use or no additional public sewer connection, b) Building additions less than 2,000 sq. ft. and there is no change of use or no additional public sewer connection
Sanitary Sewer Plan Review - Commercial/Industrial 400.00
minimum
Surface Water Plan Review - Minor Partition, Subdivision, Commercial/Industrial 400.00
or 4% of the installed cost of any required surface water management system, whichever is greater; except, no fee will be due where there is no additional impervious surface area.
Surface Water Plan Review - Single Family Residence 55.00
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Erosion Control Permit (ERCO)

With Certification
Single Family Residence $205.00
Non Single Family Residence 270.00
+ 80.00/acre over one acre
Without Certification
Single Family Residence 310.00
Non Single Family Residence 460.00
+ 80.00/acre over one acre
ERCO Re-inspection Fee 70.00
+ 25.00/acre over one acre

Industrial Pretreatment Discharge Permit Annual Fee

a. 5 to 8 Industrial User Points 1,500.00
per year
b. 9 to 13 Industrial User Points 2,250.00
per year
c. 14 to 17 Industrial User Points 3,000.00
per year
Septic Tank Waste Discharge 0.12/gallon
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Delinquent Account Certification $50.00
Delinquent Account Penalty 15%
per year
Lien Search 25.00
NSF Check 25.00
Public Records Copying 1.00
for first page and
0.10
every page thereafter & minimum charge of
20.00
per hour for staff time for voluminous requests
Public Records Research 35.00
per hour plus cost of reproduction
Miscellaneous - Any other service, the cost of which is not included in the items listed above, for which the District will be reimbursed for the expenditure of funds for professional services, labor or materials 45.00
per labor hour plus direct expenses to the District
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WES provides wastewater and surface water services to more than 190,000 people who live and work in Gladstone, Happy Valley, Johnson City, Rivergrove, Milwaukie, Oregon City, West Linn and unincorporated Clackamas County, in addition to the communities of Boring, Fischer’s Forest Park and the Hoodland area. 

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The sanitary sewer SDC will increase to $7,850 per equivalent dwelling unit (EDU) for each new sanitary sewer connection throughout the WES Service Area.  For residents in Gladstone, Oregon City and West Linn, the increase is from the current wholesale sanitary sewer SDC of $3,490 per EDU. For residents in Boring, Fischer’s Forest Park, Happy Valley, Hoodland, Johnson City, Milwaukie, Rivergrove and communities in unincorporated Clackamas County, the increase is from the current sanitary sewer SDC of $7,615 per EDU. 

The surface water SDC is increased from $205 per equivalent service unit to $211 to keep pace with inflation.  

Changes go into effect Aug. 1, 2019. 

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As part of the recent WES consolidation, a major review and analysis of capital needs was undertaken.  WES’ engineering team developed a revised 5-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which was adopted by the Board of County Commissioners in early 2019. This established an integrated capital plan that serves customers regardless of their location in the WES Service Areas.

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Based upon the recommendations received from the WES Advisory and Budget Committees, the Board of County Commissioners, whom also serve as WES’ governing body, approved the new SDC rates. The rates were adopted to address concerns about the impacts on the competitiveness of local businesses and overall economic development and also ensure that new connections paid the same irrespective of where in the WES service area a new connection was created. 

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SDCs are paid when property owners request new or expanded sewer service connections though building permits issued by cities or the county.  Some of those payments are collected by cities and routed to WES, while some are paid directly to WES during the permitting process. 

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Projects that do not increase the use of or impact the sewer system are exempt from SDCs. 

Credits are available for projects that offset the impact of the new connection on the system, such as when commercial and industrial users recycle wastewater and stormwater. 

Waiving SDCs is not an option. 

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Each year WES goes through a budget process, typically from January through June, to establish rates for the following fiscal year (July 1 to June 30).  Public meeting notices are published, inviting the public to comment on the proposed rates and fees before the budget is adopted. A notice regarding the SDC rates was published as required by applicable law.

Community members are welcome to attend budget committee meetings or to testify at a Board of County Commissioners Business meeting before the budget is formally approved in June.  

In addition, the Commissioners seek feedback from ratepayers, elected officials, developers, and business representatives that serve on the WES Advisory Committee. 

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The Board of County Commissioners has directed WES and its Advisory Committee to continue the dialogue around SDC rates, the impact on monthly service charges, and the best way for WES to meet its goals of protecting public health and the environment, supporting economic development, and serving as good stewards of ratepayer dollars. 

If you would like to stay engaged with WES, please sign up to be on our WES newsletter

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If you have any questions about the foregoing, please contact WES Finance Manager Doug Waugh at 503-742-4564 or dougwau@clackamas.us

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