King County Wastewater Treatment Division recently implemented new affordability options for capacity charge customers based on the findings of a Low-Income Customer Affordability Study. The new assistance programs approved by the King County Council and signed by the Executive took effect June 29, 2019.
Request payment deferral (for low-income seniors and disabled individuals)
If you are enrolled in the State and County property tax exemption program for seniors or disabled individuals, you may be eligible to wait until you sell your property to pay the capacity charge. King County will place a property lien for the balance owed and collect the funds when your property is sold. The interest rate is reduced to 5 percent annually and late fees are waived, however a recording fee will apply.
Request a payment plan (for delinquent payments)
If you are concerned about making upcoming payments on time, a flexible payment plan can be discussed.
Apply for a discount (for properties qualifying as low-income housing)
New low-income housing in multi-family structures, single detached dwelling units, owner-occupied dwelling units, and shelter housing may qualify to receive a discounted capacity charge. Eligible new units will be assigned 0.32 residential customer equivalents (RCE), which in most cases is a 50 percent discount. These affordability options are part of our effort to encourage affordable housing development in the region.
Step 1. Review your type of structure and qualifications in the table below.
|Single detached dwelling unit||
|Owner occupied dwelling unit||
|Shelter housing (distinct dwelling units)||
|Shelter housing (alternative configurations)||