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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 6, 2009
Jim Bachmeier, Water Resources Program Manager, 754-4275

Open house on county stormwater program and rates set for July 15

OLYMPIA – Thurston County will host an open house to discuss water resource programs and a proposed change in stormwater utility rates on Wednesday, July 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Thurston County Fairgrounds Expo Hall, 3054 Carpenter Road S.E.

Under the proposal, the existing base rate for an average single-family residence would increase from $2.75 per month to $3.70 per month in 2010, and gradually reach $5.33 by 2014. Commercial properties would also see an increase, but a proposed credit program could reduce rates significantly for commercial property owners who take extra steps to reduce polluted stormwater runoff. Thurston County officials are considering the rate proposal to improve the county's ability to comply with strict mandates under the federal Clean Water Act.

The proposal would affect only the base stormwater rate, which pays for programs and services. A separate, existing capital rate that finances stormwater construction projects would remain unchanged. The two rates appear as a single item on property tax statements every year.

For more details, visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/stormwater or call 754-4681.

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3