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Police, Fire and Parks Fee

  • The City charges a Police, Fire and Parks Fee to help maintain essential police positions and keep our fire stations and parks open.

    The per-unit fee of $7.50 per month will increase to $15.00 per month on January 1, 2021.  The fee is charged to single-family households, multifamily property owners and businesses on their utility bills. While costs to provide Police, Fire and Parks have increased since the fee’s adoption in 2012, the fee had remained unchanged.

    The temporary fee increase is expected to raise $1.8 million in fiscal year 2020/21 (Jan-Jun), for a total of $5.7 million in PFP fee revenue.  95% is dedicated to Police and Fire, and 5% to Parks.  When in place for a full fiscal year (July - June), PFP revenues and expenditures are expected to be in alignment with each other, approximately $7.5 million.

    For more information, contact Ann Travers at Ann.Travers@GreshamOregon.gov or 503-618-2325. 

    Frequently asked questions

    • Frequently Asked Questions
    • FAQs for Multifamily Properties
    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the fee?

    The Police, Fire and Parks Fee of $15.00 per month is charged to single-family households, multifamily property owners and businesses to help maintain essential police positions and keep our fire stations open. The per-unit fee was shaped by a public input process in 2012. 

    What does the fee pay for?

    95% of the fee proceeds are used to support Public Safety services. The remaining 5% goes toward Parks.

    Who will pay the fee?

    All Gresham utility customers, including residences, businesses and industry will pay the fee. The benefit and burden is shared by the entire community.

    Are there accountability measures to ensure the money is spent properly?

    Yes, all fees collected will be placed in a dedicated fund to be used only for police, fire and parks services. The City's Finance Committee will receive regular reports on the use of this dedicated fund.

    Why is the fee on my utility bill?

    The City is able to avoid administrative costs related to processing and printing invoices by using this established system rather than generating a separate bill.

    I lease business space in a building. Will I pay the fee?

    Whether or not the fee will be passed on to the tenant will be determined by the lease or rental agreement.

    I have an in-home business. Will I be charged twice?

    No, only the utility bill for the house will be charged the fee. The in-home business will not be charged a second fee. 

    FAQs for Multifamily Properties

    What is the fee?

    The Police, Fire and Parks Fee of $15.00 per month per unit is charged to single-family households, multifamily property owners and businesses to help maintain essential police positions and keep our fire stations and parks open. The per-unit fee was shaped by a robust public input process in 2012.

    Who is responsible for paying the fee?

    The Police, Fire and Parks Fee is included on the City utility bill. The customer responsible for paying the City utility account is responsible for payment of the fee.

    What about multifamily vacancies?

    A 4.1% vacancy discount will be applied to the fee for all multifamily development.

    What does the fee pay for?

    95% of the fee proceeds are used to support public safety services. The remaining 5 percent goes toward parks.

    Can a multifamily property manager pass the fee on to tenants?

    Whether or not the fee will be passed on to a tenant will be determined by the lease or rental agreement.