Franchise Fees


Notice to Residential Customers Within City Boundaries

On future bills, UEC will show the full amount of city franchise fees assessed against electricity usage as a separate line item on your bill.

The rates vary among the six cities served by UEC. In the past, franchise fees of 3.5% and lower were absorbed within your bill and did not appear as a line item. The amount of the fee above that percentage appeared as a separate line item. (For example, the City of Hermiston’s 4.5% fee appeared as a 1% fee on a separate line, since the other 3.5% was absorbed within the bill.)

UEC is now showing this as a separate line item on monthly bills.

Here’s the breakdown by city::

  • For members within the City of Hermiston: The city’s fees and taxes, for a combined 7%, will appear as a 5% franchise fee and a 2% occupancy tax on two separate lines.
  • For members within the City of Boardman: The city’s fee of 3.5% previously did not appear on your bill. It will now appear as a separate line item of 3.5%.
  • For members within the City of Irrigon: The city’s 4.5% fee appeared as a 1% tax on a separate line. It will be appear as a separate line item of 4.5%.
  • For members within the City of Umatilla: The city’s fee of 3.5% previously did not appear on your bill. It will now appear as a separate line item of 3.5%.
  • For members within the City of Stanfield: The city’s 5% fee appeared as a 1.5% tax on a separate line. It will be appear as a separate line item of 5%.
  • For members within the City of Pendleton: The city’s fees and taxes, for a combined 7%, will appear as a 5% franchise fee and a 2% occupancy tax on two separate lines.

State law allows cities to tax utilities to compensate for access to roadways and public rights of way. If you have questions about these charges, please contact your city at:

City of Hermiston: 541-567-5521

City of Umatilla: 541-922-3226

City of Stanfield: 541-449-3831

City of Irrigon: 541-922-3047

City of Boardman: 541-481-9252

City of Pendleton: 541-966-0201