On Monday, Sept. 24, the Bellingham City Council will consider another hike in the cost of living for city residents: a hefty increase in the stormwater portion of city utility bills.
For 2013, a proposed 21 percent increase in the stormwater fee would add an average of $1.47 per month per household. That’s on top of an additional $3 to $4 per month that is likely to be added to water and sewer charges, based on council discussion at their Sept. 4, 2012 meeting. After that session, council members indicated they are likely to approve increases in that range and were relieved that the recommended increases were not greater.
The stormwater fee increase will be discussed at 10 a.m. today, Sept, 24, 2012 in a work session of the council’s public works committee, in council chambers at City Hall, 210 Lottie St.
The increases are recommended in a study of city utility system costs and revenue projections prepared by FCS Group of Redmond. Here is a link to the FCS recommendations on stormwater fees.
Besides the initial 21 percent stormwater fee jump proposed for 2013, FCS is also recommending a series of six percent annual increases in each of the next four years, which would add up to a $3.69 average increase per home by 2017.