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In November 2016, the King County Council passed Ordinance 18403, which requires that electric, gas, water, and sewer utility providers compensate King County in return for using the County road rights-of-way to construct, operate, maintain, and repair utility facilities and related appurtenances.

The ordinance assigned responsibility for creating a process for the determination of franchise compensation to the Facilities Management Division (FMD). FMD completed a draft process in October 2017, and issued it in the form of a proposed public rule. After reviewing comments submitted through the FMD website, email, U.S. mail, and a public meeting, FMD finalized the public rule, which became effective on January 29, 2018. Under authority granted in King County Code 6.27.080.D, the purpose of the rule is to describe a standardized approach for determining franchise compensation.



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