Rate Increase June 2022

Planned Rates Increase to Take Effect
June 1, 2022

For the first time since 2017, Lake Stevens is considering an increase to rates. If approved by the Lake Stevens Sewer District Board, rates will increase on June 1, 2022, by $13, from $86 to $99/month. This $13 increase is critical to ensure the integrity 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 have reached the end of its useful life. To maintain quality services for existing customers, a $13 rate increase was identified as a moderate first step toward securing the needed funds. The Board will vote to confirm the increase at the scheduled Board meeting on April 28, 2022.

Why rates are increasing

This rate increase of $13 is the first in 5 years and is needed to maintain the integrity of the current sewer system.

Since 2017, inflation in the Lake Stevens area has grown by about 17%. The district has worked diligently to manage costs so that the district can cover these costs with a 5% rate increase, or $4 of the proposed $13 rate increase. Capital improvements of $16 million – or $9 of the rate increase – are also necessary to replace 19.5 miles of pipe that has reached the end of its useful life. This overall rate increase takes a moderate approach by spreading the burden of these improvements between customers’ rates and additional planned debt issuance to the district.

To continue to have a functioning sewer system that removes liquid waste effectively and efficiently, this financial investment into the Lake Stevens sewer system is necessary.

Maintaining the sewer system into the future

The Lake Stevens Sewer District believes in planning for the future beyond this rate increase. Based on our forecast model, it is likely that we will have to raise rates in 2027 by approximately $11 to fund additional repair, replacement, and expansion sewer infrastructure capital projects.

How to get involved

Join us for upcoming board meetings to share your thoughts as the Board considers this increase.

    • Thursday, March 31 at 6 PM
      Commissioner Special Meeting
      Details on how to join the meeting virtually or in person are on our website.
    • Thursday, April 14 at 9 AM
      Commissioner Regular Board Meeting
      Details on how to join the meeting virtually or in person are on our website.
    • Thursday, April 28 at 9 AM
      Commissioner Regular Board Meeting to vote on rate increase
      Details on how to join the meeting virtually or in person are on our website.

If you are unable to attend a meeting and would still like to ask questions or provide comments, please get in touch using our contact form. A member of our team will assist you.