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 December 10, 2019, the City of Hillsboro Utilities Commission approved a 4.4% Water SDC increase for City of Hillsboro Water Department in-town and upper system customers, and updates to the current methodology.
In-town customers are those residing west of Cornelius Pass Road and south of Highway 26 (Sunset Highway). Upper-system customers are those residing in western Washington County along Hillsboro’s original water service line.
The adjustment ensures new connections to the water system pay their equitable share to fund water system expansions. The new Water SDC and amended methodology is in effect April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021.
|Water Meter Size||City of Hillsboro In-Town Retail Customers||City of Hillsboro Upper System Retail Customers*|
|5/8 inch by 3/4 inch
|1 1/2 inch||$53,750||$52,090|
* Subject to negotiation as to availability.
** Fee set by negotiation with Commission.
*** 3/4 inch connection available for Single-Family Residential customers only.
- In addition to Water SDC, customers will be charged an administration fee for processing.
- * 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.
For Water SDC inside City limits:
- Building permit applications submitted by the close of business, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, will be subject to the April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020 charges, provided fees are paid and the building permit is picked up on or before Wednesday, September 30, 2020.
- Permits not picked by Thursday, October 1, 2020, would be subject to the April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021 SDC.
- Building permit applications submitted on or after April 1, 2020, will be subject to the April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021 SDC.
- Water SDC for outside City limits reflect a reduced charge effective April 1, 2020, so the reduced SDC will be applied for these customers.
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 went into effect.
Water System Development Charge