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Posted on: September 6, 2019

Council Study Session: Utility Rates

During its Sept. 10 study session, the City Council reviewed recommendations concerning future utility rates. 

In late 2015, the current rate schedules for water, sewer and stormwater were adopted by the City Council for a five-year period from 2016-2020. 
Looking forward, a rate study was completed earlier this year, which also included an evaluation of the City’s General Facility Charges (GFC) for each utility. 

The utility rate study determined that no change is needed to the already-adopted 2020 rates for the sewer and stormwater utilities.

However, due to costs associated with the recently-adopted water system plan and future capital needs, adjustments to the rates and charges for the water utility are proposed for 2020. 
The proposed increase would be six percent above the already-adopted rates, meaning a typical bimonthly residential water bill would increase by less than $4 per month. 

An increase in the GFC, or one-time connection fee, for water service, is also proposed. The proposed GFC would increase from $6,029 to $8,673.

Meanwhile, single digit annual increases in rates for all three utilities are also proposed for 2021-2024. 

The City Council is tentatively scheduled to continue discussions during its Oct. 22 study session, and vote on the proposed increases during its Nov. 4 regular meeting

For more information, view the council’s agenda or contact Engineering Manager Bob York at 425-837-3449.

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