(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County Public Works Sewer Utility Division is proposing an increase in monthly sewer rates effective January 2020. All sewer fees (residential, multi-family, commercial, and restaurant) will increase annually by 5.92% from 2020 through 2022.
The rate schedule is set for three years with anticipation of issuing revenue bonds in 2022 for several very large capital projects. These projects increase capacity to meet population growth and replace worn and outdated infrastructure of aging sewer systems. The cost of construction is continuously increasing which has a large impact on revenues.
The proposed rate change will also affect Navy Yard City customers paying a lower residential rate. This rate has not kept up with maintenance costs on the system nor the treatment costs paid to the City of Bremerton. The proposed fee structure will transition all monthly fees to an incremental scale for the next six years until the fees are the same for all customers.
The Sewer Utility Division is also proposing an increase on the senior/low income discount on sewer accounts from 15% to 25%.
Washington State law, RCW 36.94.140 requires sewer rates to be set to produce revenues sufficient to cover the costs of maintenance and operations, bond obligations, repayment of loans, and other costs necessary to properly run all five of the county's sewer systems.
The Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposed sewer rate schedule on Monday, December 2, 2019 at 5:30 PM at the Kitsap County Administration Building, Commissioner's Chambers, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard, Washington. The proposed rate plan is available online at https://www.kitsapgov.com/pw/Documents/sewerrates.pdf.
If you have any questions, please call 360-337-5777.
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