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Public hearing is Tuesday for Snoqualmie utility rates increase

The Snoqualmie City Council is scheduled to vote on May 27, 2014 on a proposed ordinance that would increase water, storm water, sewer, and irrigation rates.

If approved, the ordinance would establish new rates for the years 2014 through 2016; the new 2014 rates would likely be effective as of July 1, 2014.

A public hearing has been set for May 27 at 7 p.m. for citizens and other water utility customers to offer feedback about the proposed rate increase. The hearing will be at Snoqualmie City Hall, 38624 SE River St.

The new rates would affect all customers in Snoqualmie’s water service area including those receiving services in rural King County.

Those who qualify for low-income discounts would pay approximately 30% less than other water utility customers.

Increased revenues will provide the City of Snoqualmie with funding for capital programs and operational needs for the three utilities: water, storm water, and sewer.

According to the city, residential and commercial customers’  current rates are much lower than surrounding cities including North Bend, Issaquah, Carnation, and Duvall, to name a few. Assuming utility rates increase in these cities over the coming years, Snoqualmie’s rates would continue to be on the low end of the region’s rates.

Verbal comments about the potential rate increase may be made at the public hearing on May 27 at 7 p.m. at City Hall

Written comments may be submitted to the City of Snoqualmie, PO Box 987, Snoqualmie, WA 98065, Attention: Jodi Warren, City Clerk, on or before May 23, 2014 at 5 p.m.

 

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