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Thurston County Storm and Surface Water Utility

Storm and Surface Water Utility Rate Credits

Thurston County's rate credit program offers a way for schools and non-residential properties to save money on their stormwater fees.

On November 13, 2012, the Board of County Commissioners approved Ordinance No. 14807 amending Section 15.06.040 of the Thurston County Code.  The Board's action made the rate credit program permanent and expanded its eligibility from businesses only to include all non-residential properties including, but not limited to, office, public buildings and places of worship

Educational Services Credit

Qualified schools that keep stormwater facilities in good repair and teach their students about water-related issues may be eligible for the educational services credit.

The application process is simple. A stormwater-facility inspector will visit the school to ensure the existing stormwater system works properly, including catch basins and stormwater ponds. Once the school gets the go-ahead, it need only submit a few simple forms on an annual basis, verifying that the school offers relevant curriculum. Qualifying schools may receive a credit for up to 40% of their base stormwater fees. Schools that participate in the South Sound GREEN program, the Nisqually River Education Project, or the Chehalis Basin Education Consortium may qualify for an additional 10% reduction.

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Non-Residential Properties Fee Credits

Under this program, non-residential  (including, but not limited to, retail, wholesale, or service businesses, offices, public buildings, and places of worship) parcels are eligible for three separate storm water rates and charges credits ranging from 25% to 50% of their base stormwater fees if they:

  • Regularly maintain their stormwater systems and submit an annual maintenance report; and/or
  • Use Best Management Practices to protect water quality by reducing impervious surfaces and by enhancing water quality treatment (ie, by having a stormwater drainage system that helps remove stormwater pollution). A higher percentage of credit is awarded to businesses that receive third-party cerification/verification of their Best Management Practices. Examples of "third parties" include an Approved Conservation Plan by the Thurston Conservation District; Salmon-Safe certification by Salmon-Safe Inc; Sustainable Forestry by the Forest Stewardship Council; and Green Building Certification.

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Contact Us

 Staff contact: Larry Schaffner, (360) 754-4106. E-mail: schaffl@co.thurston.wa.us

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