Northwest NEWS

December 4, 2000

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City announces rate revisions for utilities

BOTHELL - The City of Bothell has announced that its three utility services, Solid Waste Collection, Water and Sewer, will revise their rates. The revisions take effect on Jan. 1, 2001.
   For residential customers who use one 32-gallon can for solid waste collection, service rates will decrease by $0.42 cents and for those using one 64-gallon cart, rates will increase by $7.69. Other rate revisions will vary dependent upon service level.
   Water service rates will increase by 5 percent; sewer service rates will increase by 11 percent.
   Highlights of the new Solid Waste Collection contract include reduced rates for over half of Bothell's customers, with enhanced and expanded service. For example, residential customers will have the opportunity to participate in a new state-of-the-art recycling program scheduled to begin in March. Customers will have the ease of recycling using one large wheeled container. They can recycle all material including newspapers, magazines, cardboard, plastics, aluminum cans, and motor oil containers without separating materials as they have done in the past for certain recyclables. Only glass will need to be separated into a different small container, which fits inside the new large recycling container, being provided to each Bothell residence.
   In addition, under the new contract, there is a much greater focus on commercial recycling, which has been a high priority for the City Council.
   Lastly, the City's solid waste contractor - Waste Management, Inc., will handle all solid waste program billing. In this way, the City is confident that the link between the service being provided and the service provider will be strengthened.
   The City of Bothell purchases water from Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), which has a projected rate of increase to all its purveyors in May 2001. SPU charges a "pass-through" water charge to the City that is charged to its utility customers. In an effort to spread the overall rate increase to its Bothell customers, the City will increase the rates by 5 percent beginning Jan. 1, 2001, over a 12-month period. Additionally, other operating expenses have increased resulting in this rate revision.
   The City is served by King County METRO's sewer utility, which treats the City's sewage. Each year, King County increases its rates to the City of Bothell. In 2000, the City did not pass on the increased rates to its customers and has not done so since 1998. In 2001, King County will increase its rates again to the City, resulting in a necessary rate revision for the City's sewer customers by an increase of 11 percent. The revision will provide sufficient revenue to fund operational expenses and takes effect also on January 1, 2001.