Seattle Public Utilities Mami Hara, General Manager/CEO

Drainage Rate Increase FAQ

Did drainage rates increase in 2013?

The City Council adopted drainage rates for 2013 through 2015. The rates proposal was finalized as part of the budget development process in fall 2012.

Why is this rate increase necessary?

The drainage rate increase was needed to maintain and improve the pipes and natural systems that convey stormwater. These natural and built systems reduce the risk to public safety and property related to stormwater, protect lakes, creeks, wetlands and shorelines from stormwater runoff, and ensure compliance with state and federal regulations. The rate increase would help to fund projects and programs to protect public safety and property, and protect local waterways. Projects include a long-term solution for flooding in Madison Valley and development of solutions to improve drainage services in South Park and Broadview.

How much did my bill increase?

Under the proposal, the monthly Seattle drainage fee for a typical residential customer increased by $2.17 in 2013. Typical bills increased an additional 26 cents due to a King County increase in its 2013 sewer treatment rate.

Commercial and large residential bill increases vary depending on the rate category to which a parcel is assigned, which is based on a parcel’s percent of impervious surface area and whether it qualifies for a low impact rate.

How are drainage rates authorized?

As it does for all other Seattle utility rates, the City Council reviews, listens to public comment, and adopts drainage rates via ordinance.

What input can I have on rate increases?

The City Council holds public hearings prior to adopting any utility rates.

Prior to 2013, when was the last time drainage rates increased?

Drainage rates were last increased on January 1, 2012.

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