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June 29, 2016: Public Health is announcing that we will not be pursuing the Onsite Septic System proposal and fee that we have been sharing with the community and with the King County Board of Health. The proposal was developed in response to BOH Resolution 16-03 that directed Public Health to seek sustainable funding to support a countywide system to oversee the management of onsite septic systems. Part of Public Health's process was to gather community feedback on the program and the fee that would be charged to pay for it. We have heard from many constituents that they do not support the fee. However, there are state and local laws that require Public Health oversight of onsite septic systems. With this in mind, we will continue to work with the community and elected officials to develop a revenue-backed program that has the support of septic system owners and that protects human health and the environment.

Background of BOH Briefing 16-B12: On-Site Sewage Program - Proposed service model and fee with public comment

State, and local law requires King County to assure Onsite Sewage Systems (OSS) are properly maintained so that human health and the environment are protected from human waste. The King County Board of Health will be briefed on 6/16/16 about establishing a sustainable funding source to pay for an On-site Sewage System Operation & Maintenance program.

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Membership roster of the King County Board of Health

The 11-member board is comprised of three health professionals and eight elected officials who serve terms ranging from one to three years. The Board of Health meets on the third Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the Metropolitan King County Council Chambers, unless otherwise specified.

King County Courthouse, 516 Third Ave, Suite #1200, Seattle, WA 98104
www.kingcounty.gov/council
Members are appointed for one year terms by the King County Council.

  • Rod Dembowski
    Board of Health Chair
    District 1
    Term expires December 31, 2016
  • Kathy Lambert
    Vice-Chair representing King County Council
    District 3
    Term expires December 31, 2016
  • Joe McDermott
    District 8
    Term expires December 31, 2016
  • Jeanne Kohl-Welles
    Alternate member representing the King County Council
    District 4
    Term expires December 31, 2016
Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave, 2nd Floor, Seattle, WA 98104
www.seattle.gov/council
Members are appointed for one year terms by the Seattle City Council.

Members are appointed for one year terms by the Sound Cities Association.

Health professional members are appointed by the other members of the board to three year terms including two voting members and one non-voting member.

Chinook Building, 401 5th Ave, Suite #1300, Seattle, WA 98104
www.kingcounty.gov/health

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King County Board of Health
ATTN: Maria Wood, Board of Health Administrator
401 5th Ave., Suite 1300
Seattle, WA 98104

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