Chapter 3.02


3.02.010    City responsibility.

3.02.020    Billings.

3.02.030    Due date.

3.02.040    Delinquencies.

3.02.050    New accounts.

3.02.060    Liens.

3.02.010 City responsibility.

This chapter shall be administered by the city manager or his/her designee. The city manager shall adopt reasonable rules and regulations to administer this chapter, including customer responsibility, payment arrangements, billing cycles, delinquent charges, required deposits and related matters, provided they are not in conflict with the intent herewith. (Ord. 1921-0518 (part), 2018; Ord. 1865-0115 § 2 (part), 2015: Ord. 1313-391 § 4 (part), 1991)

3.02.020 Billings.

The city shall bill monthly for water, sewer, garbage, stormwater, and any other utilities as may from time to time be set forth in this code. (Ord. 1865-0115 § 2 (part), 2015: Ord. 1313-391 § 4 (part), 1991)

3.02.030 Due date.

The charges for all utilities shall be due and payable within thirty-five days from the date of the billing for such utilities. Any billing which has not been paid in full by the due date shall be considered delinquent unless payment arrangements have been made. (Ord. 1865-0115 § 2 (part), 2015: Ord. 1537-0700 § 1, 2000: Ord. 1313-391 § 4 (part), 1991)

3.02.040 Delinquencies.

Any delinquent portion of a utility billing, including but not limited to a charge for a fire line, shall cause the entire billing to be considered delinquent. A reasonable penalty shall be placed against any delinquent account and a notice of delinquency mailed to the address shown on the account records for billing. The delinquent notice shall state the amount needed to bring the account current, the date the water service to the account will be disconnected if payment is not made and any other information deemed required by any law or regulation. In the event there is a delinquent fire line account serving a building(s) with more than one water meter, then all water meters for said building(s) will be disconnected. Prior to disconnecting water service to any building(s) with multiple tenants or occupancies, the city will provide notice to occupants and tenants affected by the water disconnection. In the event the city must send an employee to the account location to post notice and/or shut off the water service for nonpayment, a reasonable charge shall be levied to each of the account(s) for the nonpayment. (Ord. 1865-0115 § 2 (part), 2015: Ord. 1313-391 § 4 (part), 1991)

3.02.050 New accounts.

There shall be added to the billing of any new account a reasonable fee to cover the cost of administering such new account. (Ord. 1865-0115 § 2 (part), 2015: Ord. 1313-391 § 4 (part), 1991)

3.02.060 Liens.

Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as a waiver of liens. The city may, as directed in RCW 35A.21.100, 35.67.200, and 35.21.140 as the same presently exists or as may be hereafter amended, place a lien against property to enforce the collection of any delinquent utility charges. All costs and expenses incurred to carry out the lien to any account may be assessed to same. (Ord. 1865-0115 § 2 (part), 2015: Ord. 1313-391 § 4 (part), 1991)