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June 29, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Seattle proposes 12 percent hike in garbage, sewer rates

Garbage, sewer and drainage rates for Seattle residences would go up about 12 percent by 2015 under a proposal by Seattle Public Utilities.  In 2016, garbage rates would go up another 1.6 percent.

The proposed increases were sent to the Seattle City Council this week and will be considered during budget deliberations in the fall.

The monthly cost of the three city services for a typical home would increase an average of $4.17 each year over the next three years, from $104.73 this year to $117.25 in 2015.

SPU officials say the proposed rate increases are needed to pay for major capital investments including building new waste-transfer stations and reducing chronic sewer overflows and stormwater pollution.

“With the tough economy, many of our customers, both residents and businesses, continue to operate on tight budgets and understandably expect the same fiscal discipline from local government,” SPU Director Ray Hoffman said. “We are committed to keeping our rate proposal as low as possible while maintaining our ability to deliver critical utility services.”

Last year, the City Council approved 23 percent increases in residential water rates by 2014. The largest commercial customers saw even bigger jumps.

In May, Seattle City Light proposed increases of 31 percent to electric bills over the next six years. That proposal must also be approved by the City Council.

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