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Moving To Town?

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions to assist you.

Do I have to pay a deposit on utilities?

I am leaving town for the winter.  Does the City offer a "winter rate" for my utilities?

I'm going to be digging in my yard.  Should I call someone before I dig?

Am I allowed to burn yard waste or trash?

My City bill is higher than usual.  How do I check for water leaks?

How do I register to vote?

I received a ticket for Municipal Court.  Where do I pay that?

I just moved to town.  How long do I have to register my dog/cat with the City of Washington?

Do I have to pay a deposit on utilities?
The City of Washington requires a $150 refundable meter deposit on all electric meters, and a $50 refundable meter deposit on all water meters. These deposits are transferable and will follow the utility customer.  Should the customer leave the City of Washington, or discontinue service in his/her name, the deposits shall be applied to the final bill, and any remaining credit shall be returned to the customer in the form of a check.  The City of Washington also requires a $25.00 connection fee to establish new service, as well as to transfer existing service from one residence/premise to another.

The City of Washington does not accept letters of credit in lieu of a deposit.

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I am leaving town for the winter.  Does the City offer a "winter rate" for my utilities?
The City of Washington does not offer a "winter rate", but you do have two options.  You may opt to leave your utilities connected as per normal. You may also opt to have the City of Washington disconnect your utilities at the meter while you are gone.  However, you must still pay the minimum monthly rate for the disconnected services unless the service is off for longer than one full year.  Once you return, someone must be present before the City of Washington will re-connect your water meter. 

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I'm going to be digging in my yard.  Should I call someone before I dig?
YES.  PRIOR to digging, all residents must place a call to the Kansas One-Call Center.  Simply call 1-800-DIG-SAFE or call 811 BEFORE you dig to have utilities located. Note: The City of Washington only marks the main utility lines. We do not mark privately-owned utility lines, i.e. from the meter to the building, or the sewer service line from the main to the building.

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Am I allowed to burn yard waste or trash?
No.  The City of Washington does not allow burning of trash or yard waste inside the City limits.  Yard waste may be taken to the City of Washington limb & brush dump site any time during normal business hours at no charge.  Residents ARE allowed to burn dead grass (ONLY) off of their property, provided they follow rules and regulations set forth by City ordinance, copies of which may be obtained at City Hall.

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My City bill is higher than usual.  How do I check for water leaks?
Water meters are read monthly during the months of March 1st through November 1, weather permitting.  One way to check for leaks yourself is to check your toilets.  A running toilet can waste as much as 200 gallons a day.  A simple test to check for leaks is to put some blue or green food coloring in the tank of your toilet, and wait 45 minutes.  If the coloring has come down into the bowl, you have a leak and should have repairs made to avoid higher usage. 

A dripping faucet can use a lot of water as well.  Here is an online calculator to estimate water consumption from a dripping faucet.

You can also read your meter at night before you go to bed, and then do not use any water during the night.  Re-read the meter in the morning prior to using any water, and if the reading has changed, you have running water which should be investigated.

Energy costs are on the rise, and as such, utility bills have continued to fluctuate.  Here are some tips to help reduce energy consumption.

If you use an electric space heater, PLEASE be aware that these are high-usage appliances, and can add significantly to your electric usage. 

Another way to help reduce costs is to reduce your usage during peak hours during the spring and summer months, which is normally anytime the temperature is in excess of 90°F, and between the hours of 1 and 8 p.m.  Because the demand charge is higher during these hours, the overall cost of electricity is driven up by the amount of usage during peak demand.

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How do I register to vote?
Voters wishing to register may contact City Hall at 301 C Street, or Washington County Courthouse, at 214 C Street. If you are new to town and are changing your driver's license/ID, you will be given the opportunity to register at that time.

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I received a ticket for Municipal Court.  Where do I pay that?
Municipal Court is held at City Hall, located at 301 C Street, Washington, KS.  Court is held on dates and times as set by the Municipal Judge.  Your court date should be on the back of your ticket.  If your ticket is not paid prior to the court date, you must appear on court date as indicated.  For questions, please contact the Municipal Court Clerk at (785) 325-2284.

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I just moved to town.  How long do I have to register my dog/cat with the City of Washington?
All dogs/cats residing within the city limits of Washington must be registered within ten days of the date of residency.  Licenses may be obtained at City Hall upon presentation of a current rabies vaccination and payment of the required fees.

Dog and cat licenses are sold at City Hall. Owner must provide proof of rabies vaccination. Licenses are due June 1 annually and are $10.00 per animal. If the animal is neutered or spayed, they are $5.00.  Licenses not purchased by June 1st are subject to a late charge.

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