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2025-2026 Budget and Rates Process

This fall, our 2025-2026 budgets will go to the Public Utility Board and Tacoma’s City Council for approval. The proposals include rate adjustments for Tacoma Power and Tacoma Water. The Tacoma City Council will also review rate proposals for Environmental Services (Wastewater, Solid Waste, and Stormwater) after receiving recommendations from the Environmental Services Commission.

Tacoma Water rates will go into effect on January 1, and Tacoma Power rates will go into effect on April 1.

As part of the budget process, our staff participates in many public meetings to hear feedback and answer questions.

Submit a comment online here.

2024 Public Meetings and Presentations

March 27: Public Utility Board Study Session

April 10: Public Utility Board Study Session

April 24: Public Utility Board Study Session

May 8: Public Utility Board Study Session

May 22: Public Utility Board Study Session

July 10: Public Utility Board Study Session

  • Budget: General Government Shared Services Update
  • Budget: TPU Admin and CXEA Update
  • Power: COSA and Rates

July 24: Public Utility Board Study Session

  • Water Long Range Financial Plan, COSA, Revenues and Rates
  • Rail: Revenues and Rates

Sept. 11: Public Utility Board Study Session

  • Preliminary Budget Review – Part 1: Customer Services

Sept. 25: Public Utility Board Study Session

  • Preliminary Budget Review – Part 2: TPU, Power, Water, Rail

Oct. 9: Public Utility Board Meeting

  • Public Hearing: TPU Preliminary Budget and Rates
  • Preliminary Budget and Rates Consideration – Board 1st Reading

Oct. 23: Public Utility Board Meeting

  • Preliminary Budget and Rates Approval – Board 2nd Reading

2023-2024 Budget and Rates Process

See a complete list of 2022 public meetings and presentations here.

Click here to download a printable one-sheet about TPU’s 2023-2024 residential rate proposals.

Click here to download a printable one-sheet about TPU’s 2023-2024 commercial rate proposals.

Looking for information about Environmental Services rates? Visit the City of Tacoma’s website to learn about Solid Waste, Wastewater, and Stormwater rate and contact information.

Reasons for rate adjustments

Increased costs from inflation were the primary factors affecting our rates for 2023-2024. Our rates cover the cost of providing safe, reliable services, maintaining our system, protecting natural resources near our facilities, complying with regulations, and investing in upgrades that improve your services.

While we do everything we can to keep costs down, our increased costs are significant enough that our rates must also be increased to cover them. By gradually increasing rates over time, we can prevent large increases while still providing the services you rely on.

Increased costs from inflation

Like our customers, we are experiencing increased costs for equipment, fuel, personnel, and other expenses.

Supply chain shortages

Delays and difficulty buying equipment also result in increased costs and limited resources.

Postponed projects

We reduced costs during the pandemic by delaying maintenance projects that now need to continue.

Impacts of COVID-19

During the pandemic, we reduced our budget and rate increases for 2021 and 2022. Many customers also had outstanding balances following the pandemic.

Expanded payment assistance

To help our customers having difficulty paying their bills, we expanded our assistance programs for those who qualify.

  • More customers are able to meet the eligibility requirements.
  • Income-qualified households may qualify for increased assistance of up to $888 annually. The assistance amount depends on the number of utility services the customer receives.
  • Assistance funds will cover the majority of rate increases in 2023 and 2024.

We hope this expanded assistance will help those most in need.

How we manage costs and affordability

We know rates affect you. We work hard to keep our costs low, which keeps our rates some of the lowest in the country and more affordable for everyone in our community.

  • Equipment costs – we look for less expensive ways to repair or buy equipment.
  • Personnel costs – we review open positions to prioritize when and where to replace or add staff.
  • Payment assistance programs – customers can qualify for more funds.
  • New payment resources – we added better tools to our online account systems.

How we address equity when planning rates

  • Providing payment assistance programs for those in need.
  • Delivering equitable services to customers and visitors.
  • Working to reflect the community we serve by hiring and retaining diverse employees.
  • Coordinating with community groups to share information.