Fees & Charges

Basic Customer Charge

The basic customer charge is based on how many days the customer was connected to the system. The District is required to maintain the line, read meters, pay for operating costs, and make energy available to customers no matter how much or how little they use. This is similar to a fixed cost in another business. The amount varies depending on the size or type of service, and is prorated for days of service on opening and closing bills.

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State Utility Tax

Also known as the Public Utility Tax (RCW 82.16.020), the State Utility Tax is based on the following (only information relating to the Light and Power business is shown herein):

      1. There is levied and there shall be collected from every person a tax for the act or privilege of engaging within this state in any one or more of the businesses herein mentioned. The tax shall be equal to the gross income of the business, multiplied by the rate set out after the business, as follows: (b) Light and power business: Three and sixty-two one-hundredths percent.
      2. An additional tax is imposed equal to the rate specified in RCW 82.02.030 multiplied by the tax payable under subsection (1) of this section.

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State Privilege Tax

RCW 54.28.020

  1. There is hereby levied and there shall be collected from every district a tax for the act or privilege of engaging within this state in the business of operating works, plants or facilities for the generation, distribution and sale of electric energy. With respect to each such district… such tax shall be the sum of the following amounts: (2) Two percent of the gross revenues derived by the district from the sale of all electric energy which it distributes to consumers who are served by a distribution system owned by the district; (b) five percent of the first four mills per kilowatt-hour of wholesale value of self-generated energy distributed to consumers by a district; (c) five percent of the first four mills per kilowatt-hour of revenue obtained by the district from the sale of self-generated energy for resale.
  2. An additional tax is imposed equal to the rate specified in RCW 82.02.030 multiplied by the tax payable under subsection (1) of this section.

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City Tax

City Tax, also known as Municipal Taxes (RCW 54.28.070) covers the following:

Any city or town in which a public utility district operates work, plants, or facilities for the distribution and sale of electricity shall have the power to levy and collect from such district a tax on the gross revenues derived by such district from the sale of electricity within the city or town, exclusive of the revenues derived from the sale of electricity for purposes of resale. Such tax when levied shall be a debt of the district, and may be collected a such. Any such district shall have the power to add the amount of such tax to the rates or charges it makes for electricity so sold within the limits of such city or town.

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