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Budget and Rates

LOTT's Budget is comprised of two main components: Capital Budget and Operating Budget. The Operating Budget contains all costs necessary to operate LOTT's various facilities and administrative functions. It is funded primarily by monthly service rates. The Capital Budget includes costs necessary to construct new facilities and upgrade, replace, and rehabilitate existing facilities. These projects are developed and scheduled on LOTT's Capital Improvements Plan (CIP). Projects related to existing facilities are funded through monthly service rates and projects related to new capacity are funded through connection fees. The Budget and Capital Improvements Plan are reviewed and updated annually. The monthly service rates and connection fees are evaluated and adjusted annually as part of the budget process.


Public Hearing on Proposed Budget

The LOTT Board of Directors will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, regarding the proposed 2015 Budget and Capital Improvements Plan. The Public Hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a brief presentation, followed by public testimony. The Hearing will be held in the Board Room of the LOTT Regional Services Center, 500 Adams Street NE, Olympia, Washington.

Public comment is invited at the Hearing, and at all LOTT Board meetings, held every second Wednesday of the month at the LOTT Regional Services Center, 500 Adams Street NE in Olympia. (Meeting start times vary – please check the meeting agenda, which is posted to the website the Friday afternoon prior to each meeting.) Comments can also be directed to the Public Communications Manager at (360) 528-5719 or by email.


2014 Budget and Capital Improvements Plan

The current Budget and Capital Improvements Plan was approved by the LOTT Board of Directors at the November 13 Board Meeting. The Operating Budget includes $10.8 million for operations and $8.8 million for debt service. LOTT’s Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) identifies $91 million in projects anticipated through 2019. The 2014 Capital Budget is about 24% of that total, at $21.3 million.

At the October 9 meeting, the LOTT Board approved changes to both the monthly service rate and the connection fee, referred to as the Capacity Development Charge. In 2014, the monthly rate will increase by $1.02, from the current rate of $33.99 per month to $35.01 per month. This is a 3% increase to cover inflation. The connection fee will increase from the current rate of $4,718.88 to $4,924.54, to cover inflation and support large-scale capital projects needed to expand treatment capacity.


Rates and Fees

Wastewater rates consist of monthly service rates and connection fees. Each of these fees is made up of two parts, city fees and LOTT fees, because parts of the wastewater system are owned and maintained by LOTT and parts are owned by the cities of Lacey, Olympia, or Tumwater. LOTT owns the facilities needed for wastewater treatment and production of reclaimed water, as well as the main sewer interceptor pipelines and pump stations that carry wastewater to treatment facilities. The three cities each own the sewer systems in their respective service areas. These systems consist of pipelines and pump stations needed to collect wastewater from individual properties and carry it to LOTT’s main interceptors. More information about current year's fees, and their purpose, is available in the sewer charges fact sheet.

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