Seattle Public Utilities is proposing a rates plan for drainage, sewer and solid waste services that would raise typical household utility charges an average of 3.8 percent a year over the next three years.
In the year 2016, under the plan sent to the City Council this week, solid waste rates would increase by another 1.6 percent.
SPU said the proposed rates increases are needed to pay for major capital investments — such as building new solid waste transfer stations in South Park and Wallingford, and federally required upgrades to reduce chronic sewer overflows and stormwater pollution.
In each of the next three years, the monthly cost of drainage, sewer and solid waste services for a typical Seattle home, would increase by an average of $4.17. In other words, typical monthly residential charges would go from $104.73 this year to $109.37 in 2013, $113.18 in 2014 and $117.25 in 2015.
The rates proposal will be discussed by the City Council over the next several months and will be finalized as part of the budget development process in the fall.
For more information: www.seattle.gov/util/rates.