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FAQ's
What are City Hall office hours?
Lafayette City Hall is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
How is my utility bill calculated?
Your utility bill from the City of Lafayette covers water and sewer services.  The basic rate for water service is $48.50 per month and the basic rate for sewer service is $42.00 per month.  These rates are based on a minimum of 0-300 cubic feet of water used per month.  Therefore, a minimum bill would be $88.65 per month.  Sewer rates for new customers are based on the number of people living at the residence.  For established customers, sewer charges are based on the average amount of water you used during winter months of December, January and February.  The City recommends that residents conserve during winter months to keep sewer rates down.  Your water rates are always based on your actual usage.  The meters are read each month on or around the 20th.  You are more than welcome to read the meter yourself to verify the reading.  The usage is rounded down to the nearest 100 cubic feet.  If you have additional questions on your bill, please contact City Hall.
What time period is covered on my bill?
The billing cycle for the utility bills is from the 20th to the 20th (example: October 20 to November 20).  These are the dates that appear at the top of your statement.  Your water meter is read on or about the 20th of each month, the statements are generated after that time, and are mailed out on the last business day of the month.  If you are starting new service or canceling existing service, then your meter is read on the corresponding first or last day of your service.  Current charges are due by the 20th of each month.
What happens if my bill becomes delinquent?
Current charges are due on the 20th of each month.  If your account is not paid by that date, a $5.00 late charge is assessed to your account on the 21st.  A past due reminder/shut off notice is printed and mailed within a week of your account becoming delinquent.  The shut off notice gives a "pay by" date, which is no earlier than 10 days from the mailing date.  On or about the 11th day after mailing the notice, if the past due balance has not been paid, a 48-hour door hanger is delivered to the customer's premises.  A $10 service charge is assessed to the customer's account when the door hanger is delivered.  If payment is not made within the 48 hours, your service may be shut-off and you may be required to pay the full balance and a $30.00 reconnect fee to have service restored.  You can always contact City Hall to make payment arrangements prior to your service being interrupted, in order to avoid shut-off.
What are the backyard burning regulations?
Prior to any backyard burning, you must call the Yamhill County burn line at 503-472-3344.  Commercial burning and agricultural burning are not allowed in the city limits of Lafayette.  Only yard debris, trimmings and clippings can be burned in the city limits of Lafayette.  Burning of household garbage, tires, plastic or any other forms of waste is strictly prohibited, and can result in a fine. 
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