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June 11, 2012 at 4:02 PM

King County Council approves 10 percent sewer-rate hike

Sewer rates will increase 10 percent in King County over the next two years, approved in a unanimous vote today by the Metropolitan King County Council.

Monthly bills for the average residential customer will rise $3.69, from $36.10 to $39.79.

The charge for new sewer hookups increases 3 percent, to $53.50 per month. Hookup charges are usually paid over 15 years.

A large part of the proposal is dedicated to repaying money borrowed in the past decade to fund projects, including Brightwater, the $1.8 billion treatment plant in Woodinville that opened last year.

The actual amount ratepayers see on their monthly bills is set by the 34 different cities and sewer districts that buy treatment services from the county.

Monthly rates in King County have more than doubled since 1999, when they averaged $19.10.

Rates are projected to increase another 11.9 percent in 2015 and 2016.

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