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Record No: CB 119355    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 119355
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 10/1/2018
Ordinance No: Ord 125686
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to Seattle Public Utilities; amending Sections 21.33.030 and 21.76.040 of the Seattle Municipal Code to adjust drainage rates.
Sponsors: Lisa Herbold
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Summary Ex A - 2019-2021 Drainage and Wastewater Rate Study v2 (corrected format), 3. Summary Ex B - Inclusion of Wastewater Treatment Expense within the Drainage Rate, 4. Summary Ex A - 2019-2021 Drainage and Wastewater Rate Study, 5. Seattle Public Utilities GM-CEO Letter, 6. Presentation (9/11/18), 7. Central Staff Memo (9/21/18), 8. Signed Ordinance 125686
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to Seattle Public Utilities; amending Sections 21.33.030 and 21.76.040 of the Seattle Municipal Code to adjust drainage rates.
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WHEREAS, Seattle City Council Resolution 31760, adopted on November 13, 2017, adopted a 2018-2023 Strategic Business Plan Update for Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), which guides utility investments, service levels, and rate paths through 2023; and
WHEREAS, the Strategic Business Plan Update includes increases in the capital and operating requirements of the Drainage and Wastewater Fund in response to federal and state regulatory requirements, as well as environmental and infrastructure concerns, with a resulting increase in revenue requirements; and
WHEREAS, SPU identified wastewater and drainage infrastructure needs requiring additional capital funding; and
WHEREAS, drainage credits for qualified low-income customers, including those not billed directly by SPU, whose credits are based on typical residential bills, need to be revised to reflect the changes in drainage rates; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Subsection 21.33.030.D of the Seattle Municipal Code, which section was last amended by Ordinance 125443, is amended as follows:
21.33.030 Drainage service charges and drainage rates-Schedule-Exemptions
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D. Drainage rates used in the calculation of drainage service charges shall be the sum of the treatment rate and the system rate, as follows:
1. Treatment rate. The "treatment rate" shall be the rate required to pay the drainage share of "treatment cost," which is the cost of wastewater treatment, interception and disposal service, and any associated costs necessary to meet Drainage and Wastewater Fund policies. The treatment rate shall be the amount obtained when (a) the projected drainage treatment cost for each rate category is divided by (b) the proje...

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