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    CRPUD Pays Franchise Fees to Local Cities

    Deer Island, OR - April 12, 2017 - Five local cities received a total of $608,667 from Columbia River People's Utility District in March. 

    Utilities pay franchise fees to cities in exchange for permission to operate within the city limits. The fees are set by each city and are collected by the utility from customers within the city limits, as part of the monthly utility bill.

    The PUD's 2017 franchise fee payments were based on revenues billed during 2016, within each city's boundaries. The 2017 franchise fee payments were:

    • St. Helens - $385,102 (6.4% increase)
    • Scappoose - $149,601 (5.4% increase)
    • Columbia City - $48,222 (1.6% decrease)
    • Rainier - $24,188 (7.6% increase)
    • Prescott - $1,554 (6.4% increase)

    In addition to franchise fees, the PUD pays property taxes to the counties in which it operates. During 2016, the PUD paid $479,522 in property taxes to Columbia County and $6,531 in property taxes to Multnomah County. These payments help fund schools, police departments, fire districts, and other city and county services.


    About Columbia River PUD
    Columbia River PUD provides electric service to 19,000 customers in Columbia and Multnomah Counties. The PUD currently employs 48 people and had a total operating and non-operating income of $31.4 million in 2016.

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