North Bend City Hall. Courtesy of

North Bend City Hall. Courtesy of

May 4 public hearing scheduled for North Bend water rate increases

North Bend will be holding a public hearing to receive input on a proposed water rate increase on May 4 during its city council meeting.

The city is proposing an annual 5.5% water rate increase for 2022-2026, as well as new charges for water connections to help fund operations, maintenance and planned capital improvements. The proposed increases come after the city received a completed study from FCS group.

North Bend hopes to issue low-interest bonds to fund roughly $23.5 million of anticipated capital improvements. This includes replacing several miles of aging asbestos concrete water main pipes in older neighborhoods, mitigation water projects, and a portion of the water system that will serve the Army National Guard project.

A press release from North Bend said that by law the city’s water utility has to be self-sufficient, and customer rates and general facilities charges are the only sources of revenue. It’s estimated that some 70% of the improvements will be funded by general facilities charges as the city continues to grow.

Oral comments can be presented during the May 4 virtual city council meeting. Written comment can be emailed to or mailed to the city clerk at 920 SE Cedar Falls Way, North Bend WA, 98045. Written comment must be received by May 3.

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