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Southwest Suburban Sewer District is issuing this notice to inform its customers that the City of Burien is considering adopting a 6% utility tax on water and sewer service. If a utility tax is adopted, and you are located within Burien and receive water or sewer service from Southwest Suburban Sewer District, Water District No. 20, Water District No. 49 or Valley View Sewer District, your water and sewer bills will be increased by at least 6%. For Southwest Suburban Sewer District customers, this will result in an increase of at least $4.41 to your sewer service bill.  For customers receiving both water and sewer service, you could experience an increase of at least 6% on each bill. The water and sewer districts have made attempts to negotiate franchise agreements with the City to limit future City-imposed utility taxes being added on top of a proposed 6% franchise fee to be paid under franchise agreements. However, the City notified the district that: The City is unwilling to enter into a franchise which requires the City to agree not to impose any tax during the period of the franchise.” What this means is the City wants to retain the right to impose utility taxes in addition to the 6% franchise fee to be paid under franchise agreements.  The City also notified the district that: “The City clearly stated its intention to impose a 6% franchise fee and/or a 6% utility tax.

If you are concerned about the City imposing a utility tax on the water and sewer districts, the districts encourage you to contact the Burien City Manager and/or City Council and to become involved in this important discussion. 

If you have any questions, you may also contact the District General Manager, Ron Hall directly at (206) 244-9575 or by email at [email protected]. A more detailed history of the districts’ interactions with the City on these issues may be reviewed on the District’s website at www.swssd.com.

– Southwest Suburban Sewer District,
Board of Commissioners:

Bill Tracy, President
Suzy Genzale, Vice President
Scott Hilsen, Secretary

6% de impuesto de utilidad considerado por la Ciudad de Burien
Se puede revisar una historia más detallada de las interacciones de los distritos con la Ciudad en estos temas en el sitio web del Distrito en www.swssd.com.

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