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"Getting TUF on Our Streets"

Public Input Opportunity

Interested in providing comments about the proposed TUF adjustment? Consider writing, calling or visiting the Public Works Department between October 16 and November 19 at 5 pm or attend the TUF Adjustment Public Hearing during the City Council Meeting on November 19. Additional information is available below.

Keeping 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.

Learn about eligibility requirements to receive a discount or waiver on your TUF fee.

TUF Adjustment

To ensure all residential and non-residential property owners or occupants are paying their fair share to maintain city roads, the City is currently:

  • Conducting a five-year review of the TUF.
  • Proposing 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.

If approved by City Council, the proposed adjustment would 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 Current Monthly Fee Proposed 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 Current Monthly Fee Proposed 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 TUF based on which of the seven property type categories the business fits within and, in most cases, the business’ square footage. In addition to that calculated amount, each non-residential customer pays a base fee for TUF each month. 

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 more about the seven non-residential customer categories, read the 2014 to 2019 TUF tables

Calculated Fee by Property Type

Property Type Category Unit of Measurement Current Fee per 1,000 sq. ft. Proposed Fee per 1,000 sq. ft.
(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

Base Fee for All Non-Residential Customers

Current Base Fee Proposed March 1, 2020 Base Fee
$7.91 $8.20

City Revenue from Proposed Adjustments

Program Current Revenue Revenues After Proposed 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 and the proposed adjustment resulting from this review, read the October 15, 2019 memo to City Council.

How to Share Input on the TUF Adjustment

Community members are invited to provide input from October 16 to November 19, 2019 at 5 pm.

Community members are also invited to provide input in person at the November 19 TUF Adjustment Public Hearing during the City Council Meeting.

TUF Adjustment Public Hearing

City Council will open a public hearing during the City Council meeting to receive testimony on the proposed TUF adjustment on November 19, beginning at 7 pm in the Hillsboro Shirley Huffman Civic Center Auditorium, 150 E Main Street, Hillsboro.

  • Community members can provide input to the City Council on the proposed 2020 TUF adjustment. 
  • Input received between October 16 and November 13 will be provided to the Council as part of their meeting packet. 
  • Comments received between November 14 and 5 pm on November 19 will be provided as part of the staff report.  

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.

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.

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

Resources

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Transportation Utility Fee

    • Why is street maintenance important?

    • Who can I contact with questions about the Transportation Utility Fee?

    • How can I lower my fee?

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

    • Is this fee going to increase every year?

    • How much can I expect to pay and how will I be billed?

    • What will the gas tax be used for?

    • Why is more money needed to repair and maintain streets?

    • Why is a Transportation Utility Fee needed?

    • Were citizens involved in developing the proposed Transportation Utility Fee?

    • What is the proposed Transportation Utility Fee and what will it be used for?