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27224 144th Ave SE
Kent, WA 98042
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Water District #111, King County
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Dedicated to provide the best quality water to the Lake Meridian area at the lowest possible price.

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Effect of City of Kent Franchise Fee

On May 25th, at 9:30 am a public hearing was held at the offices of King County Water District No. 111 to discuss the proposed adjustment of the District's service rates and charges on District customers located within the City of Kent. The Kent City Council enacted an ordinance at the April 4, 2017, Council Meeting granting the District a franchise to operate, maintain and replace water facilities within City rights-of-way, subject to the District’s payment of a six (6) percent franchise fee to the City. The District Board of Commissioners accepted the terms and conditions of the franchise by Resolution No. 617-05-17 and then scheduled the public hearing on the proposed adjustment of District service rates and charges to pass through the City’s franchise fee and applicable taxes.

Chris Hall, the District General Manager, reported notice of the public hearing had been included on the District’s web site, posted at the District office, and published in the Seattle Times, the District’s newspaper of record, on May 16 and 17, 2017, and included in the newspapers classified ads for the week of May 16 – 22, 2017.

Hall also reported on the applicable excise tax the District would have to remit to the State of Washington Department of Revenue on the additional revenue if the Board approved the six percent increase/pass-through. He recommended the Board approve the pass-through of the six percent, given the alternative the City has the legal right to charge the District an unlimited business and occupation tax on the District’s revenues derived from customers located within the City, but would forbear that right if the District accepted the six percent franchise fee. It was also his understanding the City presently charges its own water customers approximately thirteen (13) percent on water service payments. Therefore, he felt it was in the District’s customers’ best interest to pay the lesser franchise fee.

Commissioner Hanis then requested public comment on the proposed service rate adjustment to pass through the City’s franchise fee. As there were no public comments, Commissioner Hanis then closed the portion of the public hearing for public comment. Following discussion, Commissioner Wilson made the motion to adjust the District’s water service rates applicable to District customers located within the City of Kent by six (6) percent, including applicable State excise tax, to pass through the City’s franchise fee, by the adoption of Resolution No. 618-05-17. Commissioner Cline seconded the motion, which carried unanimously. The franchise fee will apply to all District customer water usage commencing mid-July, 2017, for all billings on and after October 1, 2017. The Board then directed District staff to notify customers as soon as possible of the service rate adjustment due to the Kent franchise fee on the District’s web site, newsletter and future billings.

Watermain Flushing

The Water District will be performing intermittent watermain flushing for the next 6 months.  You may experience discolored water for a brief period of time once your service is restored.  If necessary, flush the cold water for 3-4 minutes and the water should clear.  If the discoloration continues, please call 253-631-3770 or after hours 253-859-6870. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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