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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 18, 2014
Contact:
Barb Wood, Water Resource Program (360) 754-3355 x6809 or WoodBa@co.thurston.wa.us

Stormwater Rates Public Workshop Aug. 27
Staff will discuss possible changes to rates for unincorporated county residents

Thurston County staff members have added a public workshop on stormwater rates on Wednesday, August 27 in Rochester after hosting a series of workshops in July. This fourth workshop is another chance for area residents to learn about a proposal being developed to increase monthly stormwater rates between 57 cents and $1.65 over the next five years for unincorporated county residents. The workshop will be at Swede Hall and will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The county is considering raising rates gradually over the next five years in response to new federal and state regulations related to the county's recent renewal of its National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II permit. The increased fees will be used to plan, design and build stormwater projects included in the utility's Capital Facility Program. The increased fees will also help pay for additional staffing for environmental monitoring and public outreach programs about stormwater control and protecting against pollution.

Under the rate increase proposal that is being developed, the monthly stormwater rates for county residents who live in unincorporated county urban growth areas would increase by $1.65 over the course of five years, making the monthly charge for stormwater control $8.48 in 2019. For residents who live in rural areas in the unincorporated county the monthly rate would increase 57 cents over the course of five years, making the monthly charge for stormwater control $6.15 in 2019.

Thurston County Rural Residents Rate Proposal:
  • 2014 — $5.58 per month

  • 2015 — $5.67 per month, 9 cent increase

  • 2016 — $5.75 per month, 8 cent increase

  • 2017 — $5.92 per month, 17 cent increase

  • 2018 — $6.07 per month, 15 cent increase

  • 2019 — $6.15 per month, 8 cent increase

  • Total increase from 2014 to 2019 — 57 cents

Thurston County Urban Growth Area Residents Rate Proposal:
  • 2014 — $6.83 per month

  • 2015 — $7.17 per month, 34 cent increase

  • 2016 — $7.58 per month, 41 cent increase

  • 2017 — $7.92 per month, 34 cent increase

  • 2018 — $8.23 per month, 31 cent increase

  • 2019 — $8.48 per month, 25 cent increase

  • Total increase from 2014 to 2019 — $1.65

The stormwater fee for all unincorporated county residents is charged twice a year on property tax statements.

The proposed fees for unincorporated county residents are similar to or even less than stormwater fees charged by other local jurisdictions. In 2015, Olympia households will be charged $11.45 per month for stormwater control; Lacey, $8.75; Tumwater, $7.15; and Yelm, $2.50.


WHAT: Stormwater Rate Proposal Workshop

WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Swede Hall at 18543 Albany Street SW in Rochester, 98579


To learn more about the county's Storm and Surface Water Utility and their work to control flooding, erosion and pollution, visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/stormwater.



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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3