Seattle City Council approves water and waste rate hikes — 20% by 2026

May 12, 2021

Like most things in the city, Seattle’s utility rates for water, sewage, garbage, and recycling are also set to rise. The Seattle City Council approved a plan Monday that will increase rates by around 20% for residents and businesses.

Seattle Public Utilities says the increases are needed because of inflation and labor costs, construction and maintenance, and rising utility taxes.

The Seattle Times reports the approved plan projects monthly costs for a typical house and typical apartment to reach $275 and $155, up from $223 and $127 this year. The monthly cost for a small store would rise about $200 to $1,319, according to the Times.

Electricity prices will also be headed up. Seattle City Light’s latest approved plan includes 4.5% average annual increases.

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