City Weighs Options for More Equitable Utility Rate Structure

City Weighs Options for More Equitable Utility Rate Structure

Click the picture above to access more information on the rate study

On Monday, Oct. 7th at 6pm in the City Annex (5694 Second Avenue), the City Council will be reviewing options for adjusting the utility rates.

Earlier this year, the City hired FCS Group to study our rate structure and provide recommendations on how to fund future capital projects while maintaining a fair structure for all ratepayers. This meeting, they will be presenting their findings and the options available to the council going forward.

The public is encouraged to attend and share their input on the best way to provide for the future of our utility system. More information about the rate study, including their presentation on revenue requirements in August and the materials for their presentation on Monday, is available on the city website here: www.cityofferndale.org/ratestudy

Finance Workshop Monday, Aug. 5th at 5:30pm in City Annex

Curious about the city finances? City Finance Director Sirke Salminen will be hosting a series of finance workshops before city council meetings. The next one is Aug. 5th, at 5:30pm at the City Annex (5694 Second Avenue). These meetings will be open to the public and intended to help everyone better understand how your city manages public funds.

This workshop will focus on the separate funds that make up the city budget.

Applications Due Aug. 22nd for Organizational Grant Program

Applications Due for Organizational Grant Program

The City of Ferndale provides grants to various human services and economic development organizations to enhance the quality of life for homeless, low-income and senior residents and to promote economic development within the City. The challenge given the City’s inability to serve all needs for all people and all businesses is to determine how to create the greatest impact with available funding.

The City of Ferndale’s Organizational Grant Program annually seeks proposals from outside organizations that assist homeless, low-income and seniors and also economic development initiatives that assist particularly small business development within the City of Ferndale.

Interested organizations can fill out the application (which can be found here or on our Forms and Applications page) by Aug 22nd, 2019. Please email the completed application to Communications Officer Riley Sweeney at rileysweeney@cityofferndale.org or drop it off at City Hall.

For more information, please call Riley Sweeney at (360) 685-2353.

Finance Workshop June 17th, 5:30pm in the Council Chambers

Curious about the city finances? City Finance Director Sirke Salminen will be hosting a series of finance workshops before city council meetings. The next one is June 17th, at 5:30pm at the City Annex (5694 Second Avenue). These meetings will be open to the public and intended to help everyone better understand how your city manages public funds.

This upcoming workshop will focus on the city budgeting process and calendar.

Finance Workshop May 20th, 5:30pm at Council Chambers

Curious about the city finances? City Finance Director Sirke Salminen will be hosting a series of finance workshops before city council meetings starting May 20th, at 5:30pm at the City Annex (5694 Second Avenue). These meetings will be open to the public and intended to help everyone better understand how your city manages public funds.

The workshop May 20th will focus on debt – how it is used to facilitate public projects.

The next workshop will be June 17th at 5:30pm at the City Annex and will be focused on the city budget calendar.

Struggling with your Utility Bill? Consider our Rate Assistance Program

The City offers a 25% discount on water, sewer, and storm drain utilities to qualifying low-income residents. This discount is available to both homeowners and renters.

Please note that the discount:

  • Cannot be applied retroactively to past bills
  • Eligibility must be verified annually
  • Will only apply to properties that are considered single family with individual utility bills

Click here for the Application for the Rate Assistance where you will find the income eligibility requirements. Please turn in this form with the accompanying documentation to City Hall to receive your discount. Applications are also available in the City Hall lobby.

For additional questions or clarification on any of the information contained in this letter, please feel free to contact our Utility Clerk at 360-384-4269.

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