Utilities increases headed toward Bonney Lake residents

Assuming the ordinances pass as discussed, ratepayers can expect a 10 percent increase in sewer fees in each of the next four years, but can also expect a slight drop in water rates to help ease the pain.

A sewer rate increase and water rate decrease appear to be headed to customers after the Bonney Lake City Council wrapped up discussion on the two measures and was expected to vote this week.

The final discussions and changes were discussed during the May 15 council workshop, which featured a special public comment section on the two utility rate ordinances.

Assuming the ordinances pass as discussed, ratepayers can expect a 10 percent increase in sewer fees in each of the next four years, but can also expect a slight drop in water rates to help ease the pain.

According to city officials, the average customer in Bonney Lake pays about $51 per month for sewers, meaning they can expect an increase of about $5 beginning in July.

But to offset the costs, city officials are expected to pass a reduction of $2.69 per month to the base water rate and adjust down the cost of water consumption during summer months. An additional two cost blocks will also be added to the consumption charges during the summer.

The water rate change prompted the issues to be tabled during the May 8 city council meeting when city staff proposed the current measure in response to the mayor’s proposal to drop the base rate $5.

Officials worried about the drop in revenue of such a change, estimated at more than $774,000.

Instead, the city administrator offered what he called a “balanced approach that would not affect the city’s budget as harshly, while still offering some relief to ratepayers.

The council hosted a special comment period during the meeting to give the public a chance to comment, but only one person spoke, urging the council to cut expenses to keep rates low instead of raising sewer fees.

A vote on the two utility rate measures was expected during the May 22 council meeting. Both measures are expected to pass.

More in News

King County Fair begins four-day run; Saturday brings handcars, parade to Wilkeson

The longest-running county fair west of the Mississippi River is back with some old favorites and new attractions.

State survey seeks information from SR 410 drivers

Make sure to let WSDOT know how you think traffic between Bonney Lake and Enumclaw can be improved by Sunday, July 22.

Crashed plane in Burnett, two injured

The Pierce County Sheriff Department said the plane lost power after taking off.

EHS harriers pitching in with community service

The Hornet Team recently helped with the Miner’s Day 5K run in Black Diamond, and will be moving on to other projects later this summer.

Group moving ahead with plans for Mount Peak tower

The Mount Peak Historical Fire Lookout Association may have to shift where the tower would be placed, and the cost is estimated at $450,000.

First family officially moves into Ten Trails

It was hard for the McFaddens to find a home, with houses flying off the market within days, even hours. So they told their agent to stop looking at what’s already been built, and start searching for what is going to be built, leading a family of six to the Black Diamond development.

Townsend drafted by Toronto, now pitching professionally

The former Bonney Lake Panther was drafted after one season at Oral Roberts University, where he managed an impressive average of 11.64 strikeouts per nine innings.

Most Read