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Record No: CB 120417    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 120417
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 10/4/2022
Ordinance No: Ord 126690
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to drainage services of Seattle Public Utilities; adjusting drainage rates code to automatically pass-through changes to treatment rates charged by external wastewater treatment providers; amending Section 21.33.030 of the Seattle Municipal Code to enable automatic adjustment of treatment rates; and amending Section 21.76.040 of the Seattle Municipal Code to enable automatic adjustment of credits to low-income drainage customers.
Sponsors: Alex Pedersen
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Presentation, 3. Central Staff Memo 9/20/22, 4. Signed Ordinance 126690
Related files: CB 120421
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to drainage services of Seattle Public Utilities; adjusting drainage rates code to automatically pass-through changes to treatment rates charged by external wastewater treatment providers; amending Section 21.33.030 of the Seattle Municipal Code to enable automatic adjustment of treatment rates; and amending Section 21.76.040 of the Seattle Municipal Code to enable automatic adjustment of credits to low-income drainage customers.
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WHEREAS, Seattle Public Utilities' drainage rates are based on the sum of the treatment rate and system rate and are designed to pass through the drainage share of King County and other external treatment providers' charges to Seattle Public Utilities for wastewater treatment services; and
WHEREAS, the King County Council is contractually required to adopt a new wastewater treatment on an annual basis by June 30; and
WHEREAS, Seattle Public Utilities is contractually required to pay treatment rates adopted by the King County Council and other external treatment providers; and
WHEREAS, drainage credits for qualified low-income customers, not billed directly by Seattle Public Utilities, are based on typical residential bills, and credits for such customers need to be revised to reflect the changes in the 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 126432, is amended as follows:
21.33.030 Drainage services 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, intercep...

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