Customer Notice

For the latest information, resources, and guidance related to COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 information page or visit our COVID-19 Utility Bill Assistance page.

Lurito-Gallagher Methodology Rulemaking, Docket TG-131255

​On July 17, 2013, the commission filed with the Code Reviser a Preproposal Statement of Inquiry (CR-101) to review current methods for setting rates for jurisdictional solid waste collection companies and for developing substantive standards for determining such rates.

The commission supervises and regulates solid waste collection companies by "...fixing and altering its rates, charges, classifications, rules and regulations" as required by RCW 81.77.030(1).  It is in the public interest for it to undertake a review of the current method it uses for setting rates and charges for solid waste companies under its jurisdiction, the Lurito-Gallagher Methodology.

The review would include a reevaluation of the Lurito-Gallagher model, a reexamination of the model's suitability for setting rates going forward and a broader evaluation of other possible rate-setting methods.

Written comments on the CR-101 inquiry and issues listed in a Notice issued to all interested persons on July 19 are due no later than Monday, August 19, 2013.

In addition to filing written comments, interested persons are invited to attend a stakeholder workshop on Monday, September 23, 2013, beginning at 9:30 a.m., in Room 206, Richard Hemstad Building, 1300 S. Evergreen Park Drive S.W., Olympia, Washington.  The workshop agenda is available by clicking on the link.

On January 16, 2019, commission staff issued a report on its examination of the commission's rate-setting methods.

On August 15, 2019, the commission issued a notice of technical workshop and notice of opportunity to file written comments. The workshop will be held on October 2, 2019, at 9:30 a.m., in the commission's hearing room, 621 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey, Washington. Comments on staff's January 16 report are due no later than 5 p.m., October 25, 2019.

Questions regarding this rulemaking may be addressed to Danny Kermode at (360) 664-1253 or email at

TG-131255 - All Documents