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Record No: CB 119356    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 119356
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 10/1/2018
Ordinance No: Ord 125685
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to Seattle Public Utilities; amending Sections 21.28.040, 21.28.080, and 21.76.040 of the Seattle Municipal Code to adjust wastewater rates.
Sponsors: Lisa Herbold
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Summary Ex A - 2019-2021 Drainage and Wastewater Rate Study v2, 3. Summary Ex A - 2019-2021 Drainage and Wastewater Rate Study v1, 4. Seattle Public Utilities GM-CEO Letter, 5. Presentation (9/11/18), 6. Central Staff Memo (9/21/18), 7. Signed Ordinance 125685, 8. Affidavit of Publication
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to Seattle Public Utilities; amending Sections 21.28.040, 21.28.080, and 21.76.040 of the Seattle Municipal Code to adjust wastewater 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 included 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 has identified wastewater and drainage infrastructure needs requiring additional capital funding; and
WHEREAS, wastewater credits for qualified low-income customers, not billed directly by Seattle Public Utilities whose credits are based on typical residential bills, need to be revised to reflect the changes in wastewater rates; and
WHEREAS, under certain circumstances the General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of SPU may use an assumed volume to calculate residential wastewater charges based on average residential usage that has been updated; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY OF SEATTLE AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Subsection 21.28.040.B of the Seattle Municipal Code, which section was last amended by Ordinance 125443, is amended as follows:
21.28.040 Wastewater volume charge
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B. The wastewater volume rate 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 wastewater share of "treatment cost," which is the cost of wastewater treatment, interception and disposal services, and any associated costs required to meet Drainage an...

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