More Information about General Facilities Charges (GFCs)

We've received some questions today about an article stating that residents of a single-family home in Shelton pay an average of $4,518 a year for water and sewer service and that residents will pay $11,000 in 2024.

The article is incorrect. We want to provide some information here to correct the error and provide some more information.

The $11,000 figure comes from an FCS Group presentation in August to the City Council about GFCs (General Facilities Charges). GFCs are paid by the property owner at the time of a building's connection to the utility system. GFC amounts depend on the type of building and the size of the meter being installed.

We've included charts here from FCS Group's presentation to the City Council on August 8 to show the differences between a GFC - again, paid by a property owner at the time of connection - versus a single-family rate paid as part of a monthly water bill. The figures listed in the article for other Washington municipalities are, again, referencing their GFCs, not their monthly utility rates.

Monthly Single-Family GFC Survey
Monthly Single-Family Rate Survey