JANUARY 20, 1997
Bothell utility rates increase
If you are billed by the City of Bothell for water and sewer service, the following rates went into effect Jan. 1, 1997. There are four water and sewer districts within the city limits, so this information will not apply to all readers.
If your household income is $18,000 or less and you are 65 years or older, you may be eligible for a discount on your water bill, sewer bill, Emergency Medical Service fee, and city utility taxes. This discount would save you at least $13 a month if you receive all your services from the City of Bothell. If your household income is $18,000 or less and you are disabled, you also may be eligible for a discount on your city utility taxes. The average discount is $50 per year.
- Water: Rates are rising 6 percent, adding about $1.41 to the average residential customer's monthly water bill. The City of Bothell receives its water supply from the Seattle Water Department, which has been constructing major capital improvements and has announced wholesale price increases for both 1997 and 1998. Bothell's rate hike will offset this increase and other operational costs, city officials said. The city is currently conducting a cost-of-service analysis of water rates to be completed by mid-1997. This study will include proposals on how to fund future local water main improvement projects.
- Sewer: Sewer rates are being increased by 4 percent to cover increased operational expenses. The impact on the average residential customer will be about $1.22 a month.
- Garbage, Recycling, and Yard Waste: The King County Council is considering increasing county landfill disposal fees as of April 1, 1997. The city's costs will increase slightly. However, the city is postponing any changes to garbage rates until the county's landfill disposal rates are known. A rate increase is anticipated in April 1997.
- Storm & Surface Water: The Storm Water Utility was established in 1995. The cost is billed on residents' property tax statements. A 29 percent increase was approved for 1997 to cover operational cost increases over the past two years. This increase will also go to purchase an additional street sweeper to enhance the city's ability to remove debris from streets before it enters the storm drain system. The monthly cost to the average residential customer will be $1.06.
For more information on the low-income senior or low-income disabled discount programs, call the Finance Department at 486-6250.