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Jean Godden, Chair
Seattle Public Utilities

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2012 Review of Solid Waste, Drainage
and Wastewater Rates

On July 3, 2012, the Mayor and Seattle Public Utilities delivered their proposals for drainage, wastewater, and solid waste rate increases to the Libraries, Utilities and Center Committee (LUC).

The rate changes are driven by multiple factors including federally mandated programs to fix combined sewer overflow problems, infrastructure investments – such as a new transfer staion in North Seattle – and lower than expected revenue due to the prolonged recession.

The LUC Committee will review the rate proposals and make a final recommendation to the Council's Budget Committee by September. The rates will be adopted with the 2013 Budget.

Background information:


Review schedule

Tuesday, 7/3, 9:30 a.m.

Council receives ordinances LUC Committee: Rate presentation by Seattle Public Utilities

Tuesday, 7/17, 9:30 a.m. LUC Committee: Identification of potential Council rate issues
Tuesday, 8/7, 9:30 a.m. LUC Committee: Discussion of initial Council rate options.
Tuesday, 9/7, 9:30 a.m. LUC Committee: Discussion of refined rate options and final Committee direction.
Tuesday, 9/18, 9:30 a.m. LUC Committee: Committee action on rates. Action may be 1) a vote followed by Full Council vote before budget, or 2) a recommendation for re-referral to Budget Committee so that rates can be adopted in November with the budget

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