City of Spokane: Utililty Rate Increases, Utility Tax Revenue Increase

The City of Spokane has raised its utility rates — e.g., water, garbage etc.  The rate increases will also cause an increase in the utility taxes collected by the city.  At present, the effective utility tax rate is 25%.  Each new dollar charged for utility services will come with an additional 25% tax.  Thus, the rate increase per dollar will cost the consumer $1.25.  See the S-R article.