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9611 SE 36th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: 206.275.7783
Fax: 206.275.7787
Email: mifinance@mercergo. . .
Hours: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (Mon - Fri)
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Utility Tax

Utility taxes are levied on the gross operating revenues earned by private utilities from operations within the City of Mercer Island boundaries or on the City’s own utilities (water, sewer and stormwater). Private utilities that the City taxes include electric, natural gas, solid waste, telephone, and cable television.

State law limits the rate of utility tax on telephone, cellular telephone, pager services, and natural gas to 6% unless voters approve a higher rate. Cable TV must not be taxed at a rate substantially different than other utilities. There are no restrictions on the tax rate for water, sewer, stormwater or solid waste. Utility taxes are levied on the gross operating revenues of the utility provider. 

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% to 8.0%.  The additional tax was put in place to generate $700,000 for I-90 litigation and related costs.  The temporary increase is effective July 1, 2017 to December 31, 2018.  The impact to an average Single Family home is $78 over the 18 month period.

 

Effective Rates from July 1, 2017 through December 31, 2018:​

Utility

Rate (on gross revenue)

Cable 7%
Telephone 6%
Cellular Phone 6%
Natural Gas 6%
Electric 6%
Solid Waste 7%
Stormwater 8%
Water 8%
Sewer 8%


Click here to view additional information from the 2017-2018 Budget regarding utility tax.


 

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