Press Release
Public Health


Public Hearing to Consider Fee Schedule and Code Changes

Kittitas County, WA - 05/03/2018 - On May 17, 2018 the Kittitas County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) and the Kittitas County Board of Health (BOH) will hold a public hearing to consider changes to the Kittitas County Public Health Fee Schedule and changes to Kittitas County Code, Chapter 13, Water and Sewers. The public hearing will be in the Commissioners’ Auditorium at 205 W. 5th Avenue in Ellensburg. Anyone interested in the matter should attend and can provide testimony in person or in writing.

In 2016, KCPHD began using a fee methodology that was adopted by Kittitas County, which uses more accurate data to determine all of the costs of service to provide specific services in order to achieve full cost recovery.  Some of the proposed additions to the 2018 fee schedule and Chapter 13 Code changes include:

  • Policy clarifications around refunds, vaccine fees, off site vaccine clinics, and rounding fees.  For example, previously KCPHD rounded fees up, but rounding will now occur up or down, as appropriate.
  • Removing fees for services that KCPHD no longer provides.
  • Meth lab investigations will change to an hourly fee rather than a set fee.
  • Increase full time employment in the On-Site Septic program.
  • Adequate Water Supply Determination fees are proposed to increase.
  • Living Environment fees (Camps, Parks, and School inspection) will decrease.
  • New metering fee for customers not utilizing the Kittitas County Water Bank.
Changes proposed to Kittitas County Code, Chapter 13, are a result of a pilot program that will be implemented as part of senate bill 6091 and preparation for the repeal of Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 173.539A as part of the Settlement Agreement.  Proposed changes to Chapter 13 Code changes include:
  • All new uses of groundwater for domestic purposes within the Yakima River Basin will be required to meter through the Kittitas County Metering program, not just limited to customers utilizing the Kittitas County Water Bank.
  • Removing language that participants should purchase meters (meters will be provided).
  • Changes to accommodate for the repeal of WAC 173.539 A to include definitions such as common ownership, proximate, and total water supply available (TWSA).
  • Remove citations of Department of Ecology as the agency to approve water budget neutral determination and WAC 173.539A.
For more information including a staff report with proposed changes and a list of detailed revisions, please review the attached public hearing document.
For more information, please contact the Kittitas County Public Health Department at 509-962-7515.

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Contact: Kasey Knutson, Public Information Officer, 509-962-7515