Wastewater Payment Options & Billing Policies

How to Pay Your Sewer Bill


You may mail your payment to La Center City Hall at 214 E. 4th Street, La Center, WA 98629


Payments also accepted at this location between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. For your convenience, a drop box is located to the right of the front door. Please do not leave cash payments in our drop-box.

Direct Pay

This is a monthly automatic payment from your personal checking or savings account. This service is available at no charge for your convenience. You will still receive a regular monthly bill and the automatic payment will show on your bank statement as a regular transaction. Some of the benefits with Direct Pay are that you will never have to worry about your payment getting lost in the mail or about forgetting to make the payment. Just as important, you can save on postage and pay your bill when you're out of town.

To sign-up, complete and return a Direct Pay Authorization form along with a voided check to the address on the form. When we receive your Direct Pay Application, a prenote will be sent to your bank to verify your account information. The direct pay will begin in 2 to 3 weeks so you might need to make one more payment while you are waiting for the direct Pay service to begin. That's it! Future bills will be paid via automatic withdrawal.

Online Bill Pay

You have 3 options with the on-line payment: you may pay from your checking account, your savings account, or a credit card. Please note: these services are provided by outside financial service companies and have a cost associated with them. They charge 2.5% of the total transaction. A typical $66 payment will cost $1.65. Billing information must be entered exactly as it appears on your invoice or statement to ensure proper credit to your account. If you have any concerns or questions, please call Lydia at 360-263-2782.


Effective January 1, 2015 the monthly sewer charge per equivalent residential unit (ERU) is $66 per month.

Effective January 1, 2021 the monthly stormwater charge per equivalent residential unit (ERU) is $10.40 per month.

Discounted rates for Low Income Citizens

The discounted rate is offered at two different income levels., A single family residential household with an annual income from total sources, including that of his or her spouse or co-tenant, which does not exceed $18,213 qualifies for a 50% reduction or a maximum income of $27,563 or less qualifies for a 35% reduction. Annual renewal is required.

If you or somebody you know may qualify for this program please contact Lydia Fowler at 360-263-2782 for more information.


Bills are delinquent if not received by the due date. Delinquent accounts are subject to late penalties, service charges, notice to a collection agency and/or property lien.

Property Liens/Collection Agency

Accounts that are over 30-days delinquent will be charged a 8% penalty. Once the bill is over 60-days delinquent you will be mailed a Property Lien Notice. It is extremely important that you note this final date as no further notices will be given. If payment is not received by the due dated indicated, a property lien will be filed and the account will be turned over to a collection agency. Additional charges for the Lien Filing Fee will be levied on the account. The property lien will not be released until the past due portion of the account and the added fees have been paid in full.

Declined Payment Fee

There will be a $10 fee charged to the account for any declined payment.

Inherited Balances from Previous Owners

Unlike other utilities, sewer charges are associated with the property rather than with the occupant who incurs the charges. Although a Final Bill is generated for the previous owner, if left unpaid, this responsibility is inherited by the new property owner.

Sewer Emergencies

Business Hours: 6:00am - 4:30pm
Cell Phone: 360-605-2269

Meet our Team

Manager of Administrative Services & City Clerk, Maria Swinger-Inskeep
Accountant, Janice Fowler
Utility Billing Clerk, Lydia Fowler