HOQUIAM, Wash. - Water rates in the city of Hoquiam are likely going up, twice. Mayor Jack Durney submitted a report to council last night, stating that since a 2005 rate model was adopted; the city has been operating in the red. City Administrator Brian Shay said the report recommends a $12 monthly increase this year "With a rate increase this year, it takes us out of deficit spending.
The report calls for a total of a $26 increase by 2017, councilwoman Jasmine Dickhoff reminded staff, and the woman groaning behind me "It's nice to build pretty parks and all these things that people can really get behind, but this is a true investment into the basic structure of our city and the basic services that we provide.
The report reminded council that rate increases are also expected for the sewer fund, once a solution is sought for the aging wastewater treatment plant.
Council last night directed city staff to draft an ordinance for review at their next council meeting.