Thurston County is seeking comments on proposed changes to the county’s on-site sewer system management plan.
Septic system owners and other residents are invited to learn about the plan and provide feedback at an open house from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday (Dec. 9) at the Rainier Sportsman’s Club, 404 Alaska St., Rainier.
Proposed changes include developing a stable funding mechanism to support the septic operation and maintenance program. Current funding relies on charges to properties within shellfish protection districts, and fees for time of transfer reports, operational permits and pumping and inspection records.
An advisory committee recommends imposing a single charge to all septic system owners and getting rid of existing fees and charges. The proposed charge would be collected through the county property tax statement, and be reduced by 50 percent for those within the senior/disabled tax exemption program.
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Two proposals on how to structure the charges have been developed: The county could either charge a flat fee of $45 to all septic system owners, or charge users on a tiered fee system ranging from $22 to $66, depending on documented water quality problems in the area and the location of the septic system.
An advisory committee unanimously recommended the changes to the plan. The committee met over eight months to learn about local septic management issues.
Those unable to attend the open house can view the plan online at www.co.thurston.wa.us/health/ehomp. Comments can be submitted through Dec. 15 at www.surveymonkey.com/r/SepticPlanFeedback. Comments, or requests for more information, can be sent by email to email@example.com, or by calling 360-867-2643.
For general septic questions, call the Septic Help Line at 360-867-2669.