King County raises sewer rates for next year
June 18, 2010
NEW — 6 a.m. June 18, 2010
The sewer rate for customers served by King County will pay $36.10 per month next year — a $4.20 monthly increase from the existing rate.
King County Council members adopted the two-year rate hike Monday. The council increased the rate in order to pay the long-term bonds used to finance Brightwater, a $1.8 billion treatment plant under construction near Woodinville.
Officials said the rate increase should also offset increases in the cost of maintaining and operating a regional wastewater system serving customers in King County, and parts of Snohomish and Pierce counties.
The amount ratepayers see on utility bills will depend on local sewer utilities. The county charges the rate to 34 cities and sewer districts, including Issaquah, to carry and treat wastewater. Issaquah and the other jurisdictions set rates independent of the county.
Issaquah does not operate a treatment plant. Rather, the city pays the county to send wastewater to the South Treatment Plant in Renton.
The council also approved a $50.45 per month charge for new sewer hook-ups — a $1.38 increase from the old monthly charge.