City of Astoria water and sewer rates are going up. Monday night the City Council voted for a 2% rise in water rates, a 2% rise in sewer rates and a 4% rise in the CSO or Combined Sewer Overflow surcharge.
City Manager Paul Benoit explained the surcharge increase
“Relative to the CSO surcharge, that adjustment is specifically tied to debt service payments that we have to make on funds borrowed to do this work, as is the example: the work that’s underway right now is a $7million project. We are not obligated to pay on the funds borrowed for that until the project is completed, so in the next fiscal year we will be proposing another adjustment to pay that debt”