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Fairview’s utility rates are calculated based on what it costs the City to maintain the public water, sewer, and stormwater facilities and services. Each of the City’s utilities is operated as an independent enterprise fund and all expenses and revenues for each service are kept separate. No tax revenues are used to cover the costs of utility services.
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The combined minimum utility bill for an average, single family home in Fairview is $72.26 ($67.44 is for water, sewer, storm water & fire suppression and $4.82 is for the public works facility fee). City of Fairview customers who utilize only the City’s sewer and storm water services are billed on a bi-monthly basis and have an average bill of $103.44. Residential customers residing outside city limits are billed using an alternate rate. Please contact the utility billing office for information at 503-665-7929 ext. 1.
The typical residential utility bill is really five bills in one- it’s for water, sewer, storm water services, fire suppression and public works facility fee.
Remember that water is a valuable resource that shouldn't be wasted. Your water is clean, safe, and convenient; but you have to pay for its treatment and the system to deliver it to you. By conserving water in your home, you also save energy needed to heat it or run appliances.
Residents may attend Fairview City Council meetings and voice opinions about rates for water, wastewater, and stormwater, or you can email comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Council diligently considered all options and determined it was in the best interest of the citizens to construct a new Public Works shop facility. Different methods of funding were explored and the public was given the opportunity to share their feedback.
Council approved a utility fee, which allows staff to spread the cost of the new building as evenly as possible to all utility users. Average residential and business customers will be billed $4.82 per month. Apartment complexes will be billed $4.82 per unit, adjusted by the vacancy rate as reported by the Metro Multifamily Housing Association.
The debt term is 20 years. The city expects to be able to prepay a portion of the debt after year eight due to increasing revenue from development, which should shorten the overall time frame of the debt, and subsequently, the fee charged to customers. FMC Chapter 13.13 - Public Works Facility Fee