Rate Increase June 2022

Rate Increase June 2022

For the first time since 2017, the Lake Stevens Sewer District Board of Commissioners approved an increase to monthly sewer service rates. On April 28th, the Board voted to approve an increase of $13 per unit, bringing rates from $86 to $99/month. This $13 increase is critical to maintain the reliability of Lake Stevens’ existing sewer system by covering not only increased district costs and expenses, but also $16M of capital costs needed to replace 19.5 miles of pipe that has reached the end of its useful life.

Guiding Principles

The Board established six key guiding principles during the deliberations on the possible rate increase, which set a framework for open discussions. A special meeting was held on March 31, 2022 for the public to share their thoughts with the Board on the proposed rate increase.

 Guiding Principles

Why rates increased

Since 2017, inflation in the Lake Stevens area has grown by about 17%. The rate increase was identified as a moderate first step toward securing the needed funds to maintain quality service for existing customers. The forecasting models evaluated spread the burden of necessary infrastructure repairs, replacements, and improvements between customers’ rates, new connection fees, and additional planned debt issuance to the district. This financial investment into the sewer system is necessary to continue to have a functioning system that transports and treats liquid waste effectively and efficiently.

Maintaining the sewer system into the future

The Lake Stevens Sewer District believes in planning for the future and may have to raise rates again to fund additional repair, replacement, and expansion. As we have done with this rate increase, we will transparently communicate any future rate increases to you before they take effect.

How to get in touch

If you have questions about the rate increase, please get in touch using our contact form. A member of our team will assist you.