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18-Month Utility Tax Increase To Start July 1

June 26, 2017 - ​On May 1, 2017 the City Council adopted Ordinance 17C-11 which temporarily increases the utility tax on water, sewer, and storm water from 5.3 percent to 8 percent.
The additional tax was put in place to generate $700,000 for I-90 litigation and related costs over and above the $1.0 million budgeted for this purpose.  It will be in effect from July 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018; the impact to an average single-family home is $78 over the 18-month period. The funds raised will reimburse the City's "Rainy Day" Fund.

In late May, Council approved a tentative settlement offer of $10. 1 million in mitigation payments from Sound Transit (see press release), and has suspended its legal actions at this time.  However, there are outstanding legal and other related bills as well as legal work related to the final settlement that will push the total cost of the City's I-90 loss of mobility efforts from $1.7 million to $2.0 million.  Accordingly, the City will need to appropriate another $300,000 from remaining one-time funding sources to cover these additional costs.

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