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Proposed Municipal Fee Amendments. Proposed Changes. Allow the $0.15/month/ERU increase by the fiscal growth factor (FGF) Add a surcharge to domestic wastewater treatment fee to support One roving operator and One permit fee analyst. Rationale. 90.48 RCW requires Ecology to recover costs

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Proposed changes
Proposed Changes

  • Allow the $0.15/month/ERU increase by the fiscal growth factor (FGF)

  • Add a surcharge to domestic wastewater treatment fee to support

    • One roving operator and

    • One permit fee analyst


Rationale
Rationale

  • 90.48 RCW requires Ecology to recover costs

    • All municipalities, except Seattle, have reached cap

    • Not proposing to remove cap – just to increase by FGF


Rationale1
Rationale

  • Roving operator technical assistance

    • Good compliance tool

    • EPA’s funding likely to be removed

  • Surcharge will allow Ecology to continue the program


Rationale2
Rationale

  • Permit holders desire greater accountability

    • Permit fee tracking

    • WQP increased level of detail tracked

  • Need staff person to review data


Impacts
Impacts

  • Current fee

    • $1.80/RE/yr for <250,000 RE

    • $1.12/RE/yr for >250,000 RE

  • FGF varies with economy

    • Typically between 3 – 5 %

  • Surcharge proposed

    • $0.08/RE/yr ($0.0067/RE/month)



Proposed changes1
Proposed Changes

  • Remove cap on operator certification fees

  • Deposit fees in permit fee account

    • Rather than General Fund


Rationale3
Rationale

  • Current caps

    • $50 application fee

    • $30 annual renewal fee

  • Fees cover ~ 60% of 1 FTE

  • Current program lacks sufficient staff

    • Service to operators not always timely

  • General Fund unavailable for increased support


Impacts1
Impacts

  • Additional staff needs – 1.5 FTEs

  • Set fee by rule

    • Amount determined through public process

    • One option

      • $200 application fee

      • $108 annual renewal fee


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