LETTER | Rate setting meetings for Northshore Utility District -- Public Invited

Editor:

The Northshore Utility District is holding public meetings regarding future utility rates with a public comment period between now and March 2nd.  Comments can be made to the board in person at their next two meetings, 5:30pm Feb 23rd and March 2nd at the headquarters building in Kenmore. 

There will be a public comment period between now and March 2nd.  Comments can be made to the board in person at their next two meetings, 5:30pm Feb 23rd and March 2nd at the headquarters building in Kenmore. 

Customers can check out the new website at www.nud.net and contact any commissioner or the finance director by email with any comments. The district budget for this year already passed the board so that is available too.

The increase is likely to be at least $9 a month, or $18 to $19 a bi-monthly bill on average , staff asked for more so there will be some discussion. We’re catching up from the last rate setting where we had the usual inflation and wholesale increases but didn’t increase our rates. Water rates won’t go up as much as sewer rates but most of our customers have both on the same bill.

Our district’s economic health seems to have improved, there are new houses being built and way fewer foreclosure sale signs. We were able to wait on the increase for a while but with a AAA bond rating our income needs to match our expenses or the bond companies notice. And our pipes may be invisible but they are getting old, over 30 years, patching them after a break is actually more expensive than a planned replacement or rehab program. Disaster preparedness is still a priority, practice drills are cheap but engineering reliable supply pipes gets expensive.

I hope to see some of your readers there.

Margaret Wiggins
President of Board of Commissioners
Northshore Utility District