City Council Oct. 14 to hold public hearings on proposed utility rate increase, Capital Facilities Plan

The Lynnwood City Council will hold a public hearing Oct. 14 regarding an ordinance that would increase rates for the city’s water, sewer and surface water utilities.

Factors that were considered during a utility rate study included: additional capital costs due to ongoing wastewater treatment plant incinerator issues, status of low-income rate allowances and staffing levels. Two positions were added in the current biennial budget but were not filled pending the rate analysis; and other factors of note including a 10% increase in the cost of water from Alderwood Water & Wastewater District in 2019 and a 21% increase expected in 2020.

Another public hearing will focus on the proposed Capital Facilities Plan (CFP) and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) covering 2020-2025.

The council is also scheduled to authorize the mayor to enter into an agreement with Washington Cities Insurance Authority for the provision of property and liability insurance and services.

Also, the council will discuss a draft resolution opposing Washington State Initiative 976, which would limit motor vehicle taxes and fees. Consistent with state law, members of the council and public will have equal opportunity to express an opposing view before the council takes formal action on the resolution.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Lynnwood City Hall Council Chambers, 19100 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood. You can see the complete agenda here.