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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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