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Utility Tax Relief Program

The City of Burien offers an annual Utility Tax Relief Program for low-income Burien households. This program helps offset the impact of the City’s 6% utility tax imposed by Burien municipal code 3.12.040 on telephone (not including cellular), basic cable television, gas and electricity provided by Puget Sound Energy, and solid waste (garbage), provided by Recology CleanScapes.

Applications are due by mid-December each year; and must be reapplied for annually. To be eligible you must reside in Burien and have an annual income under $31,650 single household, or $36,150 for a two-person household. 

Here is a summary of the program:

Telephone (not including cellular) and Cable Television: Utility tax relief is available in the form of a “reimbursement” for taxes paid for a single residential telephone landline and for basic cable television services only. Applications for this “reimbursement” are not processed until the end of the year for taxes paid during the year. Reimbursement checks will be mailed out by mid-February.

Electricity and Gas Services provided by Puget Sound Energy and solid waste (garbage) provided by Recology CleanScapes: If you are eligible we will contact Puget Sound Energy and/or Recology CleanScapes and have them remove the utility tax charge off your future bills. Adjustments are not retroactive. This tax relief is for the following year.

In 2016, 61 Burien households participated in the program and received an average reimbursement of $42. Below is a link to a copy of the application and guidelines. The application for 2017/2018 is due mid-December 2017.

2017-2018 Utility tax relief application packet.

If you have any questions, please contact Lori Fleming, Management Analyst at (206) 248-5518 . 

400 SW 152nd St, Suite 300  /  Burien, WA 98166  /  Ph: (206) 241-4647  /  Fax: (206) 248-5539
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