Executive recommends against sewer rate hike

May 3, 2011

By Staff

King County Executive Dow Constantine called for keeping monthly sewer rates stable for 2012 under a proposal sent to the County Council.

The executive called for customers served by the county’s clean-water utility to continue to pay the current wholesale rate of $36.10 per month. The rate covers the cost to collect and treat wastewater from 34 local sewer utilities, including Issaquah.

Issaquah collects wastewater from more than 4,800 residences and businesses. The city does not operate a treatment plant. Instead, the city pays the county to send wastewater to the South Treatment Plant in Renton.

The county adopted the existing sewer rate last year in order to pay the long-term bonds used to finance Brightwater, a $1.8 billion treatment plant under construction near Woodinville.

Under Constantine’s proposal, the capacity charge for new sewer hookups is due to increase by 3 percent as planned, from $50.45 per month in 2011 to $51.95 per month next year. The capacity charge on new customers provides funding for system upgrades and expansions needed to accommodate growth.

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