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This fall, we will present our 2021-2022 budgets for approval to the Public Utility Board and Tacoma’s City Council. The proposals include rate adjustments for Tacoma Power and Tacoma Water. The Tacoma City Council will review rate proposals for Environmental Services(Wastewater, Solid Waste, and Surface Water) after receiving recommendations from the Environmental Services Commission.

How you can get involved

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

Submit a comment or question

Use the form below to submit a comment or question about the 2021-2022 budget and rates process. Each comment is reviewed by TPU staff.

Rate adjustment projections

Tacoma Power

2% system average increase

2% average residential increase

  • $1.84 average monthly increase in 2021
  •  $1.88 average monthly increase in 2022

Tacoma Water

2% system average increase

2% average residential increase

  • $0.79 average monthly increase in 2021(Inside the City of Tacoma)
  • $0.81 average monthly increase in 2022 (Inside the City of Tacoma)
  • $0.95 average monthly increase in 2021(Outside the City of Tacoma)
  • $0.98 average monthly increase in 2022 (Outside the City of Tacoma)

Surface Water rate adjustment projections

2% system average increase

2% average residential increase

  • $0.55 preliminary average monthly increase in 2021
  • $0.52 preliminary average monthly increase in 2022

Wastewater rate adjustment projections

2% system average increase

1.2% average residential increase

  • $0.47 average monthly increase in 2021
  • $0.77 average monthly increase in 2022

Solid Waste rate adjustment projections

2% system average increase

2% average residential increase

  • $0.85 average monthly increase in 2021
  • $0.94 average monthly increase in 2022

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Drivers for rate adjustments

We make decisions for the long-term benefit of the communities we serve. Managing our finances wisely now will ensure safe, reliable service for our customers and help us avoid large rate increases in the future.

As a not-for-profit, publicly owned utility, we want to ensure you get the most value and quality service you expect from us. Our rates cover the cost to provide you with safe, reliable services, maintain utility infrastructure, protect natural resources near our facilities, and invest in system improvements that make your services better. The rate adjustments in our budget projections will help cover inflation in our operating and capital expenses, revenue shortfalls, and increases in payment assistance for customers due to COVID-19.

These examples show factors and projects that help determine rates for each service.

Tacoma Power
  • Renewal and replacement of existing infrastructure
  • Technology projects and grid modernization
  • Regulatory compliance to manage fish and analyze impacts of potential seismic activity
  • Enhancement of cyber security measures
  • Policy guidance on implementing small rate increases over time to avoid rate spikes (gradualism)
Tacoma Water
  • Renewal and replacement of existing water infrastructure
  • Technology projects
  • Enhancement of cyber security measures
  • Policy guidance on implementing small rate increases over time to avoid rate spikes (gradualism)
Environmental Services
  • Policy guidance on implementing small rate increases over time to avoid rate spikes (gradualism)
  • Renewal and replacement of existing wastewater and surface water infrastructure
  • Regulatory compliance to ensure water quality standards are met and maintained

How we manage costs and affordability

We know rates affect you. That is why we work hard to keep our costs low, which keeps rates more affordable for everyone in our community.

  • Asset and project management – consideration of the right time for a capital project
  • Workforce planning and development – review of open and unfilled positions, prioritization of critical hires
  • Payment assistance programs – work to expand eligibility and increase available funds

How we address equity when planning rates

We commit to achieving equity in our budgets by ensuring:

  • We provide equitable delivery of services to residents and visitors.
  • Our workforce reflects the community we serve.
  • We engage in purposeful community outreach.

 

 

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