On November 7, 2016, the King County Council passed Ordinance 18403, by a vote of 7 to 2 (Mr. Von Reichbauer and Mr. Dunn dissenting), creating New Section 6.27.080 of King County Code. This new code section requires franchise utilities, consisting of electric, gas, water, and sewer, to pay a fee to the County in return for the right to use their right of way. The King County Facilities Management Division is currently creating administrative rules to implement the Ordinance.
More information, including the draft rule and a comment form can be found at the following website:
The WRA WUC recommends contacting members of the King County Council to share your thoughts about this new fee. Councilmember Kathy Lambert is the District 3 representative encompassing Wilderness Rim and surrounding communities. Councilmember Lambert can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (206) 477-1003. The deadline for comments is 5:00 PM, December 7, 2017.
If the current proposed fees are implemented, it will increase every utility bill you receive by $5.00 (minimum) to $???? per month.