The Southwest Clean Air Agency (SWCAA) seeks your comments on a proposed fee increase, consolidated fee schedule, and rule revisions by April 18th, 2017.
SWCAA’s proposed Consolidated Fee Schedule is available for review and comment below:
SWCAA has not increased any fees since 2008. The need for an increase is driven by three main financial pressures, decreased federal funding, increased workload, and increased costs due to inflation. To minimize fee increases SWCAA has cut costs and reduced staff by 17 percent. More detailed information on SWCAA’s cost cutting measures, funding sources, and budget projections can be found in SWCAA’s budget analysis report:
The proposal increases fees for regulated entities by 20 percent and raises local government per capita assessments by 20 cents per resident. Revenue from the increases is needed to ensure basic services provided by the agency can continue to meet expectations of both the regulated community and the public. This includes timely issuance of permits, air monitoring, responding to complaints, conducting inspections, and issuing air pollution advisories. The increase is proposed to be phased in over two years, in 2018 and 2019.
SWCAA’s proposed rule revisions move fees from individual rules and adopts them into a single Consolidated Fee Schedule through a Board resolution. The proposed Consolidated Fee Schedule and any future revisions will be subject to public comment and be published on SWCAA’s website.
The proposed rule revisions are available for review and comment below:
SWCAA will hold a public informational meeting regarding these proposals at our office on April 11th at 6:00 p.m. Comments must be submitted by April 18th. Your comments will be presented to SWCAA’s Board of Directors before a final decision is made. The proposed Consolidated Fee Schedule and rule changes will be considered for adoption at a hearing at SWCAA’s May 4th Board of Director’s meeting at 3:00 p.m. at SWCAA's office at the address below.
Written comments may be submitted through this website (Submit Comment buttons above) or by mail to:
Southwest Clean Air Agency
11815 NE 99th St. Suite 1294
Vancouver, WA 98682