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.