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Transportation Utility Fee

"Getting TUF on Our Streets"

A Public Works employee smoothing fresh pavementKeeping Hillsboro roadways and sidewalks safe and well-maintained is a top priority for the City.

In 2008, City Council established a monthly user charge – the Transportation Utility Fee (TUF) – based on the use of the road system and the proportion of residential and non-residential roadways. The TUF, collected from all residential, business, government agency, school, and non-profit properties in the City through the City’s utility bill, is helping to improve pavement conditions throughout Hillsboro.

A portion of the residential customer’s fee is also allocated to the construction of new sidewalks and bicycle paths.

Discounts, Waivers, and Utility Bill Assistance

You may qualify for TUF discounts and waivers available to residential and non-residential customers. Visit our TUF Discounts and Waivers webpage to learn more. 

Hillsboro Utility Bill Assistance

Having trouble paying your utility bill? Visit our Utility Assistance webpage to see if you qualify for the City’s flexible payment plan or bill forgiveness options for Hillsboro residents facing financial hardship.

TUF Adjustment

To ensure all residential and non-residential property owners or occupants are paying their fair share to maintain City roads, the City took the following steps in 2019:

  • Conducted a five-year review of the TUF.
  • Adopted a TUF adjustment that fairly spreads the cost of maintaining our roadways among all customers. This adjustment will increase the TUF for some customers and decrease it for others. The resulting adjustments will not create any additional City revenue.

The adopted adjustment will go into effect on March 1, 2020.

Residential Customers

TUF revenue from Single-Family and Multi-Family residential customers invests in the following programs:

  • Pavement Management Program – Through this program, the City inspects and evaluates the condition of Hillsboro roadways. Pavement maintenance projects are also identified and completed each year.
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Capital Improvement Program – This program prioritizes a list of sidewalk, bike lane, and enhanced crossing projects throughout the City of Hillsboro. Areas within school walk zones and within a ¼ mile of a transit stop are given priority.

Single-Family Residential

Program Monthly Fee
(effective until
February 29, 2020)
Adopted Monthly Fee
(effective March 1, 2020)
Pavement Management Program $6.16 $6.48
Bicycle and Pedestrian Capital Improvement Program $2.63 $2.63
Total TUF on Monthly Bill $8.79 $9.11

Multi-Family Residential

Program Monthly Fee
(effective until
February 29, 2020)
Adopted Monthly Fee
(effective March 1, 2020)
Pavement Management Program $5.54 $5.83
Bicycle and Pedestrian Capital Improvement Program $2.37 $2.37
Total TUF on Monthly Bill $7.91 $8.20

Non-Residential Customers

Businesses, government agencies, schools, and non-profits pay: 

  • A base charge
  • A calculated charge based on which of the seven property type categories the business class fits within an, in most cases, the business' square footage.

TUF revenue from non-residential customers is invested in the Pavement Management Program (PMP). Through this program, the City inspects and evaluates the condition of Hillsboro roadways. Pavement maintenance projects are also identified and completed each year.

To learn what category your business fits in read the 2020 TUF Rate Tables

Base Fee for all Non-Residential Customers

Base Fee (effective until February 29, 2020) Adopted Base Fee (effective March 1, 2020)
$7.91 $8.20

Calculated Fee by Property Type

Property Type Category Unit of Measurement Fee by 1,000 square feet
(effective until
February 29,2020)
Adopted Fee by 1,000 square feet
(effective March 1, 2020)
1 Square footage $0.34 $0.27
2 Square footage $0.82 $0.73
3 Square footage $3.01 $2.32
4 Square footage $6.06 $5.26
5 Square footage $15.91 $14.67
6 Square footage $39.86 $37.50
7 Trips $0.08 $0.06

City Revenue from Fee Adjustment

Program Revenues Before Adjustment Revenues After Adopted 2020 TUF Adjustment Change in City Revenues
Pavement Management Program $3,888,469.59 $3,888,469.59 $0.00
Bicycle and Pedestrian Capital Improvement Program $1,214,846.16 $1,214,846.16 $0.00

To learn more about the TUF review process, read the October 15, 2019 memo to City Council.

Public Input on the TUF Adjustment

A crew repaves a road in Hillsboro

From October 16 to November 19, 2019, community members were invited to provide input in several ways, including:

  • By phone
  • By email
  • By mail
  • In person at the Public Works Department Facility
  • By providing testimony at the public hearing on November 19, 2019

2020 to 2021 TUF Calculation Review

Over the next 12 to 18 months, City staff will be reviewing fee topics such as: 

  • How the TUF is calculated for each customer category
  • Discounts offered through the program

Information about public input opportunities will be posted on this webpage.

TUF Background

In 2008, the City Council established the TUF to help pay for street maintenance. It was developed to be a monthly user fee based on the use of the road system and paid through the City’s utility bill. The TUF:

  • Provides a direct and consistent source of funding for maintaining our local roadways.
  • Invests in and maintains the city's growing transportation infrastructure through oversight by the Pavement Management Program.
  • Provides needed funding to address all backlog street maintenance projects by the year 2024.

For additional background information, read the 2008 TUF Report.

In February 2015, the City Council adopted a stepped rate increase over the next five years that is intended to fully fund the City’s pavement management program. The increases allowed the City to gradually clear its current backlog of street maintenance projects by 2024 and bring most of our roadways in to a “good” rating. View the 2014 to 2019 TUF rates.

In 2019, City staff reviewed the TUF to ensure that all customers were paying their fair share. 

Questions and Comments

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Transportation Utility Fee

    • Why is street maintenance important?

    • How was the number of trips for a single family home determined?

    • Were community members involved in developing the Transportation Utility Fee?

    • Now that Hillsboro customers pay the TUF, what is the gas tax used for?

    • Why is a Transportation Utility Fee needed?