City News

IMPORTANT ALERT: Beware of HES, UEC Scammers!

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Scammers are swindling utility customers across the country – including Umatilla Electric Cooperative and Hermiston Energy Service customers. The scam involves a phone call to a customer by a con artist posing as a utility employee seeking an immediate payment for service. 

City Projects 4% Annual Loss of Tax Revenue if Fire Districts Combine

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The Hermiston City Council voted Monday night to support a ballot issue to consolidate the Hermiston and Stanfield Fire Districts.  If approved, the consolidated district would not cost Hermiston tax payers additional, but would increase tax bills for the surrounding area, due to property tax compression.  The City of Hermiston would lose 4% of its annual property tax revenue, however, if the consolidation is approved.

City Begins Full Usage of New Recycled Water Plant

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The City of Hermiston is now discharging much higher quality water from its new Recycled Water Plant than it did through its old wastewater treatment plant.  The City fully switched the community’s sewage flow over to the new plant on October 1, and the resulting increase in discharge quality is crystal cle

HURA Makes First Facade Grant Award

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The Hermiston Urban Renewal Agency (HURA) approved a façade improvement grant worth up to $4,920 to the first applicant for a façade improvement grant Monday night.  The applicant, John Ballard, plans to spend $12,300 to upgrade the aesthetics of his law office at 125 SW Third Street.  The Hermiston Urban Renewal Agency still has $42,000 available for façade improvement grants to award before July, 2015.  Those interested in applying for a façade improvement grant can find application materials at www.hermis

S&P Raises City Credit Rating to "AA-"

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The credit rating agency, Standard & Poor’s, has raised its long-term rating of City of Hermiston general obligation (GO) debt from “A+” to “AA-.”

City Asks to Keep Recycling Goal Same

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The Hermiston City Council is hoping that the State of Oregon leaves Umatilla County’s recycling goal alone when it proposes a statewide increase in the 2015 legislature.  The council approved a resolution Monday night asking the Umatilla County Commissioners to recommend leaving the county’s goal at 20%.

City Offers Income Tax Break for Online Businesses

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Companies that do most of their business online can now get a break on their state income taxes if they expand or locate in Hermiston.  The “E-Commerce Zone” income tax incentive was recently approved for Hermiston by the Oregon Business Development Department and makes the city the only E-Commerce Zone in eastern Oregon.

Water & Sewer Rates Remain Affordable

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A recent independent analysis of water and sewer rates across Oregon and Washington cities shows that Hermiston rate payers will still pay less than most other cities even after Tuesday’s scheduled 4% rate increase.

Smith Named as City Manager Selection

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Hermiston will soon have a new City Manager.  The City Council unanimously agreed Monday night to offer an employment contract to Byron Smith to replace retiring City Manager Ed Brookshier.

“It’s exciting to look forward to the future, because I think we have a good one in Mr. Smith,” said Mayor David Drotzmann.  “His broad experience with many different types of cities, as well as his experience with cities similar to Hermiston make him a great fit to continue our area’s growth well in to the future.”

Adopted City & HURA Budgets Available

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The Adopted City of Hermiston and Hermiston Urban Renewal Agency budgets are now available HERE.

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