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General

As of 2/1/2016

  • Date of Incorporation: June 13, 1891
  • Form of Government: Mayor-Council
  • Type of Government: Non-Charter Code City
  • Rank in Size Washington State: 15th*
  • Total Incorporated Population: 75,545*
    • King County: 65,950
    • Pierce County: 9,595
  • Assessed Valuation: $6,439,235,121 (for 2015)***
  • Area: 29.8 Square Miles
  • Auburn Median Age: 35.3 Years Old**
  • Total Active Registered Voters: 34,755
    • King County: 30,739
    • Pierce County: 4,016
  • Miles of Streets: 237 Centerline Miles

*Washington State Office of Financial Management, 2015
**US Census Bureau, 2005-2009 American Community Survey
***King County Assessments

Fire Protection

On January 1, 2007, the Valley Regional Fire AuthorityExternal link began providing fire protection services for the cities of Auburn, Algona and Pacific.

Police Protection 

As of 5/1/2017

  • Stations/Precincts: 3
  • Commissioned Police Personnel: 118
  • Non-Commissioned Personnel: 20
  • Total Personnel and Officers 138
  • Calls for Service in 2016: 94,348

Utility Rates

For current information, see our utility rates (PDF).

Reduced rates for low-income senior citizens and disabled persons available.

Storm

As of January 2017

  • Accounts 18,113
  • Storm Main 318 Miles

Sewer

As of January 2017

  • Accounts - 15,816
  • 224 miles of sewer main
  • 15 pump stations
  • 5543 manholes

Water

As of January 2017

  • Accounts - 14,872
  • Water Main 278 Miles
  • Average Daily Demand  7.33 Million Gallons (2016)

Solid Waste

As of 7/3/2017

  • Waste Management (Contracted Services) 
    • Residential Garbage Accounts 13,432
    • Multi-Family & Business Garbage Accounts 1,829
  • Allied Waste Services
    • Residential Garbage Accounts 3,889
    • Multi-Family & Business Garbage Accounts 36

Planning & Development

In 2016

  • 242 new construction permits were issued for the building of single family residences.
  • 382 commercial building permits were issued to modify existing structures (tenant improvements, alterations, and/or additions).
  • The cost of all commercial construction is valued at $120,123,811.
  • A total of 3,427 permits were issued for both commercial and residential projects.  Types of permits include sings, grading, backflow assembly, plumbing, mechanical, and utility connections.
  • Staff conducted 6,740 building inspections for both new construction and modifications to existing structures.
  • 907 business licenses were issued for new businesses, home occupations, as well as commercial contractors coming to conduct business in Auburn.
  • 54 pre-applications were applied for.  These are typically applied for when a developer is scoping the feasibility of a complex project, and can be a good indicator of things to come.
  • 15 facility extensions (FAC) were applied for.  These are issued to a private developer to construct or improve a street or public utility which is then given back to the city once a project is complete.
  • 22 State Environmental Policy Acts (SEPA) submittals were reviewed.  Once these comprehensive environmental and technical reports are submitted for review it is a very good indicator that a significant project is becoming a reality. 
  • A total of 6,122 permit reviews were complete.  Examples include permits for decks, carports, additions, new homes, environmental review, subdivisions, and utility extensions.
  • A total of 729 projects were reviewed including SEPA, FAC and other projects being considered for development.
  • Code Enforcement opened 648 code violation cases; successfully resolved and closed 607; 41 remain active and carried into 2017.

Parks, Recreation & Culture

From 1/1/2016 to 12/31/2016

  • 387 acres of parks open space
  • 282 acres of developed parks 255 acres of special use areas
  • 34 Developed Parks
  • 29.10 Linear Miles of Trails
  • Youth Sports: 1,838 participants 
  • Adult Sports: 2,119 participants  
  • Senior Center Visits: 37,134
  • Cultural Arts & Event Activities: 203
  • Audience Served by Cultural Arts & Events: 115,830
  • Cemetery Interments: 281  
  • Golf Course - Rounds Played: 52,718
  • Museum Audience served: 14,380

Sales Tax Rate

As of 4/1/2017

  Local   State   Total
King County 3.5% + 6.5% = 10.0%
King County (Non-RTA) 2.1% + 6.5% = 8.6%
Pierce County   3.4% 6.5%  = 9.9% 

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