The District and other water and sewer utilities within King County continue to pursue litigation with the County to establish the collection methodology and rules for implementation of the County’s right of way rental charge. The authority for King County to collect a rental charge for the location of utility infrastructure in County roadways was affirmed by the Washington Supreme Court in 2019. The case was sent back to the King County Superior Court, which had initially ruled that the County lacked authority to charge rent, to determine how the rental charge should be calculated and applied. The trial date, which has been pushed back a couple of times (in part due to COVID-19), is now set for March 2022. We will keep you updated on any new developments in the case.
Issue 193 - May/June 2021