Why am I charged a Surface Water Management Utility service charge?
Pierce County Public Works is primarily responsible for reducing polluted runoff flowing to local waterways and reducing flood damage risk in unincorporated Pierce County (property outside a city or town). In 1988, the Pierce County Council established the Surface Water Management Utility. The council established a per parcel service charge dedicated to fund the services SWM provides. The SWM Utility service charge is similar to other dedicated charges for services such as sewer treatment, local fire districts, and library services.

The cost of providing SWM services is also covered by other revenue sources, including real-estate excise tax (REET) and federal and state grants.

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1. My property doesn’t flood and isn’t anywhere near a stream or river. Why do I have to pay this service charge?
2. How did the SWM service charge change in 2021?
3. What is the SWM Utility service charge used for?
4. How much revenue is generated by the SWM Utility service charge?
5. Why am I charged a Surface Water Management Utility service charge?
6. Can I get a service charge reduction?
7. Why has the service charge increased over the years?
8. How is the SWM Utility service charge determined and collected?
9. Who is responsible for paying the SWM Utility service charge?
10. How are the service charges calculated?
11. What is impervious surface and why is it used to set SWM Utility service charge rates?
12. Is the SWM Utility service charge deductible on my federal income tax?
13. What if I disagree with my SWM Utility service charge?
14. Where can I get more information?