REALTORS® aid in delay and reevaluation of proposed septic fee

For the past several months, the King County Board of Health has been studying a proposal to charge an annual fee to all property owners who have an on-site septic system. The fee would be used for maintenance and monitoring purposes.

Earlier this month, REALTORS® called for members of the public to attend meetings to discuss the proposed fee and monitoring requirement. On the June 21st meeting at Tacoma Jr. High hosted by Washington State Representative Chad Magendanz, over 600 residents attended to express their concerns.

Your REALTOR® Association has been participating in the work group examining the King County Onsite Sewage Systems (OSS) Operation and Maintenance Management Plan. David Crowell, Director of Governmental & Public Affairs for Seattle King County REALTORS® and a member of the work group, testified to the Board of Health on the issue. “We have an emissions program where people who have cars must have their vehicles functioning properly before they can pass and drive. We don’t ask others to pay for those repairs to pass emissions and be able to drive because it’s outrageous to do so. But, that’s what is being proposed here,” said Crowell.

As a result of feedback from the work group, members of the public, and policymakers voicing their concern, the King County Board of Health has agreed to delay the Board of Health’s vote and to reevaluate the OSS fee proposal.

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