Arlington holds water rates at 2011 level

ARLINGTON — Arlington City Council members unanimously jumped at the chance Monday to give people who live in the city a little break from rising costs.

If the regional Consumer Price Index goes up, city code allows the council to annually raise water rates. By law, the council could have voted for a rate increase of about $35 a year for the average household.

“Normally, our water rates would be slated for an increase,” city spokeswoman Kristin Banfield said. “But the city was able to make enough adjustments to save some money and pass that savings to consumers.”

Water rates this year will stay at the 2011 levels.

It is unusual to be able to temporarily rescind city law for the common good, and council members were excited to put the regular rate increase aside for now, Banfield said.

The savings is credited primarily to an increase in the amount of water produced by city wells and the resulting reduction in the amount of water Arlington buys from the Snohomish County Public Utility District.

The city has been working for several years to buy more rights to water in the Stillaguamish River watershed. Essentially, the city pays people not to use their own private wells, allowing the city to take more water from the public wells.

“We also have seen people in Arlington doing their parts to use less water,” Banfield said. “People are using more efficient toilets and shower heads and limiting their lawn watering. They are doing all the right things.”

Gale Fiege: 425-339-3427; gfiege@heraldnet.com.

More in Local News

Fatal car crash reported on Highway 92 near Lake Stevens

The 3 p.m. accident and investigation stopped traffic in both directions near Machias Road.

Firefighters come to the rescue and give mom new stroller

Donations to the Good Neighbor Program covered the $143.20 cost.

Mayor tries new tactic to curb fire department overtime

Stephanson says an engine won’t go into service when the only available staff would be on overtime.

Cheering families welcome Kidd, Shoup after 6 months at sea

“I get back Daddy back today,” said one homemade sign at Naval Station Everett.

Paine Field fire chief will be allowed to retire

In his letter, the airport director noted Jeff Bohnet was leaving while under investigation.

Stanwood man, 33, killed in crash near Marysville

Speed may have been a factor, the sheriff’s department said.

County plans to sue to recoup costs from ballot drop-box law

A quarter-million dollars could be spent adding 19 ballot boxes in rural areas.

County frees up $1.6M for Everett’s low-barrier housing

The plan appears on track for the City Council to transfer land ahead of next month’s groundbreaking.

Jamie Copeland is a senior at Cedar Park Christian Schools’ Mountlake Terrace campus. She is a basketball player, ASB president, cheerleader and, of course, a Lion. (Dan Bates / The Herald)
Cedar Park Christian senior stepping up to new challenges

Jamie Copeland’s academics include STEM studies, leadership, ASB activities, honor society.

Most Read