It’s a sad thing to watch local utility rates rise due to the coronavirus pandemic. Even local trash pickup rates are rising throughout Lincoln County. And this past week, Depoe Bay got hit as well. It’s not a big hit but in these weary economic times even a little rate increase can be felt by businesses and local residents. But the Depoe Bay City Council was convinced by North Lincoln Sanitary that they hadn’t seen a rate increase for a few years and that the small increase is muchly needed due to expanded services over the last 24 months.
And the city council revealed that they’re being criticized by charter and fishing boat captains that gasoline and diesel prices have risen which has motivated them to buy their fuel from other ports that don’t have such high prices. City Councilors replied that the market is a bit unfair in that ports that buy a lot of wholesale gas and diesel are charged much lower rates than what Depoe Bay and other small ports pay. It’s the old rule of thumb…the more you buy, the lower the per unit cost.