PUD’s 2009 Franchise Fee Payments total $538,000

April 27, 2009 – Five local cities received a total of $538,000 in franchise fees from Columbia River People’s Utility District (PUD) in 2009.

Franchise fees are paid by a utility to a city in exchange for permission for the utility to operate in the city’s rights of way. The fees are set by the city and are collected by the utility from customers within the city limits, through the monthly utility bill.

The PUD’s 2009 franchise fee payments are based on its gross revenues billed during 2008, within each city’s boundaries. The 2009 franchise fee payments were:

  • St. Helens – $334,911
  • Scappoose – $125,282
  • Columbia City – $52,516
  • Rainier – $24,055
  • Prescott – $1,236

In addition to franchise fees the PUD paid $357,600 in property taxes to Columbia County and $5,200 in property taxes to Multnomah County. These payments help fund schools, police departments, fire districts and other city and county services.