On August 7th, the Washington Supreme Court issued its decision to retain review of the question of whether the excise tax imposed on revenues collected by Lakehaven, Midway Sewer District and Highline Water District is lawful. Lakehaven, Midway and Highline filed an appeal of a 2018 ruling in King County Superior Court upholding the legality of the tax and were joined by Federal Way in the request for direct review by the Supreme Court.
As of the date of preparation of this Update (middle August), no date has been set for oral argument. It is anticipated that oral argument will be held at either the end of 2019 or the first part of 2020. The final ruling could be late spring or early summer 2020.