History - Utility Facts

Bainbridge Island is 28 square miles with 53 miles of shoreline. The island is divided into 12 drainage basins with approximately 39 inches of annual rainfall. The city is home for a population of approximately 23,000 residents.

A storm and surface water utility was created and established by Ordinance No. 86-27, passed on July 16, 1986. The utility is administered under direction of the city manager or designee. In 1987, the City of Winslow established a monthly mandatory storm and surface water fee. In 1991, the storm and surface water utility was expanded to the entire island.

Ordinance #                                                     Purpose

Ordinance & Purpose
1999-23 Waiver of storm and surface water fees for propoerty owners who disconnect roof rains  connected to the      sewerage system for a period of three years after disconnect.
1999-50 Establishes annual automatic CPI adjustment to storm and surface water fees; unless City Council votes otherwise (I-695)
2000-48 Establishes annual automatic CPI adjustment to storm and surface water fees; unless City Council votes otherwise (I-722)
2003-50 Adds new storm and surface water fee for condominiums
2005-34 Increases storm and surface water fee
2015 Re-evaluation of utility fees for all 12,354 island parcels as directed by City Council
2015-20 Current ordinance enacted - Chapter 13.24 Storm and Surface Water Utility