Meghan Jordan Fay Lim
Communications Specialist II Communications Supervisor
Ratepayers are invited to weigh in on priorities
EVERETT, Wash., February 6, 2018 – To provide services that ratepayers most value, Snohomish County’s stormwater utility, Surface Water Management (SWM), is gathering input from ratepayers and developing a new business plan. An invitation for the survey was mailed to all 95,000 ratepayers in January 2018. In addition to the survey, the county is gathering input through an advisory panel, interviews with stakeholder groups, and hosting four public open houses the week of February 5, 2018 (this week).
Preliminary survey results show SWM services are highly valued:
“Public safety and health, along with environmental sustainability, are essential to the quality of life we enjoy in Snohomish County,” said Dave Somers, Snohomish County Executive. “We want our rivers, lakes, and streams to be healthy for humans, fish, and the other creatures who rely on clean water. We also want to keep our roads clear and our basements dry. SWM’s new business plan will ensure that we meet these goals while operating in the most cost effective way possible.”
“Our goal is to provide services the public wants at the lowest cost possible,” said Surface Water Utility Director Will Hall. “We are glad to hear from so many ratepayers and look forward to learning more at the open houses this week.”
An advisory panel began meeting in September 2017 to review SWM services and input from stakeholders. The 16-member group represents a broad range of interests including ratepayers, small business owners, residential property owners, farmers, tribes, non-governmental groups, and local utilities.
Snohomish County’s stormwater utility, SWM, provides services that keep people, property and roads safe, while protecting the health of local rivers, lakes, streams, and Puget Sound. Services include maintaining drainage systems, reducing road and property flooding, monitoring and solving water quality problems, and coordinating regional salmon recovery. These services are funded by a utility charge paid within property taxes by property owners in unincorporated Snohomish County.
The survey is available at www.survey.SurfaceWater.info and the deadline has been extended to February 21, 2018.
Snohomish County Stormwater Utility Business Plan Open Houses
The public is invited to any of the open houses to learn more about SWM’s services, share flooding and drainage concerns, weigh in on how utility charges are spent, and discover financial incentives to protect clean water.
About Snohomish County Public Works
The Snohomish County Public Works Department constructs and maintains county roads; controls and manages surface water quantity, quality, and fish habitats; and oversees the recycling and disposal of solid waste. The department’s main office is located at 3000 Rockefeller Ave., Everett, WA 98201. For more information about Snohomish County Public Works, visit www.snohomishcountywa.gov/PublicWorks.