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Published on Friday, February 28, 2014

Bill would impact cities’ utility rate authority for manufactured housing communities

ESB 5514 specifies that “A city, town, or metropolitan municipal corporation may not charge rates, charges, non-capital fees, or other costs for any vacant lot in a manufactured housing community while the lot is vacant unless the lot is receiving individually water, light, power, or heat services or the landlord voluntarily elects to continue the rates, charges, non-capital fees, or other costs during the period the lot is vacant.” The same restrictions would also be imposed on PUD’s and water/sewer districts.

This bill was originally introduced at the beginning of the 2013 session but never made it past the Senate Rules Committee. This year the bill has already moved out of the Senate and then was amended and passed out of the House Local Government Committee. AWC is concerned about the implications of this bill for the specific situation it is intended to address as well as the precedent it could set in diminishing our utility rate authority. We’re working in partnership with the PUDs, water/sewer districts and others to try and address these concerns.

If your city has concerns with this bill please share them with Dave Catterson.

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