Growth in our community creates additional demands on our water system. The City of Hillsboro collects a Water System Development Charge (SDC) to ensure new growth pays an equitable share to fund water system expansions.
On February 12, 2019, the City of Hillsboro Utilities Commission adopted a new Water System Development Charge (SDC). The new Water SDC is in effect April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.
Approval of the 2019 Water SDC came after the Utilities Commission considered public input and voted at a public hearing held on February 12, 2019. The adjustment ensures new connections to the water system pay their equitable share to fund water system expansions.
For a typical single-family residential connection inside the City of Hillsboro, the Water SDC will increase from $8,634 to $10,300, for example. This amount is 91 percent of the maximum allowable amount permissible under the City’s 2014 adopted methodology ($11,309, including indexing adjustments).
|Water Meter Size||City of Hillsboro Retail Customers||Upper System Retail Customers||City of Cornelius — Wholesale Customer*||City of Gaston and LA Water Co-Op — Wholesale Customer*|
|3 inch and larger||The Water SDC is based on estimated average day and maximum day demands expressed in 5/8 inch and 3/4 inch water meter equivalents|
- In addition to Water SDC, customers will be charged an administration fee for processing.
- The Water SDC was adopted in 2018, and is about 80 percent of the maximum allowed under methodology mandated by State law. The adopted 2019 Water SDC continues to phase in the rate to about 91 percent of the maximum.
- * Wholesale customers may require payment of local SDC in addition to the wholesale SDC charged by the City of Hillsboro.
- ** Customers who are upsizing a residential water meter from 5/8 inch by 3/4 inch to 1 inch solely for fire service needs will continue to pay the “non-fire” 5/8 inch by 3/4 inch fee.
Effective immediately, the following protocols apply:
- Building permit applications submitted by the close of business, Friday, March 29, 2019, will be subject to the current 2018 charges, provided fees are paid and the building permit is picked up on or before Monday, September 30, 2019.
- For permits picked up and paid starting Tuesday, October 1, 2019, the SDC would be recalculated at 2019 Water SDC rates.
- Building permit applications submitted on or after April 1, 2019, will be subject to the 2019 SDC.
On December 10, 2019, the City of Hillsboro Utilities Commission approved a 4.4% Water SDC increase, and updates to the current methodology. The new Water SDC and amended methodology will be effective April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.
The approved Water SDC increase will ensure new connections to the water system pay their equitable share to fund water system expansions.
Approved Water SDC (April 1, 2020 - March 31, 2021)
* Subject to negotiation as to availability.
** Fee set by negotiation with Commission.
*** 3/4 inch connection available for Single-Family Residential only.
|Water Meter Size||City of Hillsboro In-Town Retail Customers
||City of Hillsboro Upper System Retail Customers*||
City of Cornelius Wholesale Customer
|City of Gaston and LA Water Co-Op Wholesale Customer*|
|5/8 inch by 3/4 inch||$10,750||$10,418||$6,283||$6,939|
| 3/4 inch***
|1 1/2 inch||$53,750||$52,090||$31,415||$34,695|
| 3 inch
| 4 inch
| 6 inch
| 8 inch
September 9, 2019Hillsboro Water announced the December 10, 2019, Water SDC Public Hearing, upcoming public input period, and timeline.
October 9, 2019Hillsboro Water announced the proposed 2020 Water SDC adjustment and updated methodology. The public input period begins.
November 12, 2019Hillsboro Water presented a preliminary presentation to the Utilities Commission on the proposed 2020 Water SDC adjustment and updated methodology.
December 2, 2019The public input period closed.
December 10, 2019The Utilities Commission hosted a Water SDC Public Hearing at 1:30 pm in Conference Room 207 of the Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E Main Street, Hillsboro, and unanimously voted to approve the proposed SDC and current methodology adjustments. Members of the public were welcome.
April 1, 2020The approved SDC rates and updated methodology will go into effect.
Water System Development Charge