Arlington’s City Council had good news for its residents, businesses and industries on Tuesday, Jan. 22, when they voted unanimously to cancel a planned 2019 rate increase for water, sewer and stormwater utilities.
Mayor Barb Tolbert called the City Council's 2019 rescinding of utility rates increases for the seventh consecutive year “a clear example of how cost containment and further implementation of best practices by city staff can result in decreases, rather than increases, for the city's utility customers."
Each year the City Council and staff review the utility budget and consider whether an increase in utility rates is needed, based on an adjustment to the Consumer Price Index for the Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton area.
Since 2010, the city ordinance has required a mandatory public utilities rate increase each year for Arlington residents and commercial customers. However, this is the seventh year in a row that the council’s vote made an exception, maintaining the water, sewer, and stormwater rates unchanged since 2012.