City Council Oct. 7 to discuss proposed utility rate hike, discuss city ethics commission reboot

The Lynnwood City Council is scheduled to have a briefing Oct. 7  to prepare for a public hearing on the 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.

The public hearing is scheduled for Oct. 14.

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

In other business, the second quarter 2019 Financial Report will be presented. The report was distributed to the council finance committee for their Sept. 26 meeting.

Also, the council has decided to reboot the city’s ethics commission, which has been dormant for a number of years. Current elected officials and employees want to make sure that they are following the city’s ethics and elections rules and would rely on this commission for advice and/or investigation when necessary. No action is scheduled to be taken at this time, but the board members shall be nominated by the mayor and confirmed by the city council, for a term of three years or for fulfillment of an unexpired term.

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.