How is the SWM Utility service charge determined and collected?
The SWM Utility service charge is collected with property taxes in most unincorporated areas of the county. This charge is not a tax. The SWM utility charge is like other charges for service such as sewer treatment. SWM Utility service charges are dedicated to address flooding and water pollution issues in unincorporated Pierce County.

As it does for all Pierce County utility rates, the Pierce County Council reviews, holds public hearings, and adopts SWM Utility service charges by ordinance. Pierce County Code (PCC) 11.02 authorizes the creation, method of calculating service charges, and other requirements related to the SWM Utility. PCC 11.02 can be found on-line at www.piercecountywa.org/council.

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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?