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Record No: CB 120421    Version: 1 Council Bill No: CB 120421
Type: Ordinance (Ord) Status: Passed
Current Controlling Legislative Body City Clerk
On agenda: 10/4/2022
Ordinance No: Ord 126688
Title: AN ORDINANCE relating to wastewater services of Seattle Public Utilities; adjusting wastewater rates code to automatically pass-through changes to treatment rates charged by external wastewater treatment providers; amending Section 21.28.040 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 wastewater customers.
Sponsors: Alex Pedersen
Supporting documents: 1. Summary and Fiscal Note, 2. Central Staff Memo, 3. Presentation, 4. Signed Ordinance 126688
Related files: CB 120417
CITY OF SEATTLE
ORDINANCE __________________
COUNCIL BILL __________________
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AN ORDINANCE relating to wastewater services of Seattle Public Utilities; adjusting wastewater rates code to automatically pass-through changes to treatment rates charged by external wastewater treatment providers; amending Section 21.28.040 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 wastewater customers.
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WHEREAS, Seattle Public Utilities' wastewater rates are based on the sum of the treatment rate and system rate and the treatment rate is designed to pass through the wastewater 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, wastewater 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 wastewater rates; 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 126433, 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 as paid to external tr...

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