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The 2017-2020 rates ensure the City of Snoqualmie can continue meeting regulatory requirements under state and federal environmental laws. To keep the water, sewer and stormwater utility systems operating reliably for the current population and anticipated future growth, the City of Snoqualmie will need to continue investing in system upgrades and improvements.
Utility rates provide revenue to operate water, sewer and storm water infrastructure; operate and maintain water and wastewater treatment facilities; and inspect and maintain equipment. Rate revenue also covers the cost to recycle valuable resources from the City’s wastewater process, including providing reclaimed water for irrigation. As well, the utility rate proposal protects the City’s credit rating to continue obtaining favorable interest rates on money borrowed for capital improvements.
Connection charges for water, sewer, and storm water ensure that each connecting property bears its share of the cost of the public utility systems and the cost of materials. A one-time charge is imposed on new development or connections, or expanded connections to the system as a condition of service. Connection charges apply to any customer requesting a new service or a change in service.
Connection charge revenue goes towards new facilities and system upgrades designed to accommodate Snoqualmie’s growing population and to assure new growth pays its share of the investment in existing and planned systems.
The City conducted a comprehensive utility rate study in 2014 and updated it in 2016 to ensure its customers are paying a rate that approximates the cost of providing utility services. Compared with other Snoqualmie Valley cities, including North Bend, Carnation, and Duvall, Snoqualmie’s customers’ average residential monthly bills are significantly lower.