FAQs - City of Tumwater

Print
Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

Find questions to your answers about City of Tumwater services. Sort questions by category or department. Select the question and the answer will expand. Can't find what you're looking for? Call us at (360) 754-5855 and we'll help.

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • Do I have to be a Tumwater resident to participate in Parks & Recreation programs?

  • What are city park hours?

  • How do I report a collision not investigated by law enforcement?

  • Are volunteer hours required for the neighborhood match, or would monetary contributions or in-kind donations meet the criteria?

  • What is Proposition 1 about?

  • How will additional sales tax benefit City streets?

  • Why does the City need additional funding?

  • What other options were considered?

  • What streets and sidewalks would be repaired under this proposal?

  • What are street maintenance, rehabilitation, and reconstruction measures?

  • What is a Transportation Benefit District?

  • How will the Transportation Benefit District (TBD) be funded?

  • How much money will this raise?

  • How did funding for street maintenance become a problem?

  • Will this sales tax increase apply permanently?

  • How does Tumwater's sales tax compare to other communities?

  • How much will this increase impact my purchases?

  • Is sales tax deductible on my federal taxes?

  • Is the City Council the Transportation Benefit District Board?

  • When does the Board meet?

  • What input did you get from the public prior to asking for this vote?

  • What will this money be used for?

  • Can the State use this money on I-5?

  • Will this eliminate potholes?

  • Will this money be used on sidewalks?

  • How will you decide which streets to work on?

  • How much does it cost to repair a street?

  • Will this money be used to fix Capitol Boulevard?

  • How is sales tax currently distributed?

  • When is the election?

  • How do I get more information?

  • Water Service

  • How would fire services be different if my property was annexed into the City?

  • How would police services be different after annexation?

  • If annexed, will the City pay the electric bill for the street lights in my neighborhood?

  • Can I burn my tree branches and yard debris if my property is annexed?

  • Can I keep my livestock if my property is annexed into the City?

  • If annexed, am I required to hook up to City water and sewer?

  • Can I help guide local decisions if my property is annexed to the City?

  • What’s this about better access to local elected officials after annexation into the City?

  • How does annexation affect voting? Can I still vote for County Commissioners?

  • How is an annexation done?

  • How does annexation affect auto insurance?

  • How does annexation affect homeowners insurance?

  • What happens to taxes with annexation?

  • If an annexation is denied, does that stop development?

  • What happens to zoning during the annexation process?

  • The Urban Growth Area has been discussed a lot over the years, what exactly is it?

  • How does annexation affect zip codes? What about schools?

  • What are the most common reasons someone would ask for their property to be annexed to Tumwater?

  • Can I get free CPR Classes?

  • When is the free car seat clinic?

  • Where can I take unused prescription medication?

  • Where can I take used medical needles?

  • Who do I call with questions about outdoor burning?

  • How do I order a KNOX box (Commercial or Residential)?

  • How do I get a copy of an incident report from the Fire Department?

  • When can I get my blood pressure checked at the Fire Station?

  • When is the Food Bank Distribution and how do I sign up?

  • What goes on at a TYP event?

  • Are TYP events safe and supervised?

  • What is the Tumwater Youth Program (TYP)?

  • West Nile Virus: What can I do to protect my family and myself?

  • Stormwater: I want to treat my pond, wetland, yard, etc. for mosquitoes. What or who do you recommend?

  • Stormwater: Can I add fish, frogs, etc. to my pond?

  • West Nile Virus: What about my or my neighbor’s, tarps, tire pile, or other possible breeding grounds?

  • West Nile Virus: What about the nearby wetland, stormwater pond, etc.?

  • West Nile Virus: What is the city doing about mosquitoes?

  • West Nile Virus: I found a dead bird – now what?

  • West Nile Virus: Can I catch it from infected people, birds, horses, etc.?

  • Do all mosquitos carry West Nile Virus?

  • What is West Nile Virus?

  • How can I volunteer on one of the citizen advisory boards or commissions?

  • I have something to say to the Council; how do I do that?

  • Does each Councilmember represent a certain area in the City?

  • How can I get in touch with the Mayor?

  • When are City Council meetings?

  • What Can I Do to Prevent Back-ups?

  • What Causes a Sewer Back-up?

  • Why are Sanitary Sewer Overflows a problem?

  • What are Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSOs)?

  • How can I properly dispose of used motor oil, antifreeze and old car batteries?

  • What happens if I see a neighbor, or know someone who's throwing trash into a storm drain?

  • I see people dumping their used oil into storm drains all the time. What can I do?

  • How much water passes through the storm drain system?

  • Can filters or screens be installed in front of catch basins?

  • What kinds of pollutants are found in the storm drain system?

  • Do catch basins and storm drains get cleaned out?

  • Are sewers and storm drains the same thing?

  • Stormwater: What is a catch basin?

  • What is a storm drainage easement?

  • How are stormwater fees spent?

  • Stormwater: Why should I have to pay? I live on a hill and have no drainage problem.

  • Who has to pay the stormwater service fee?

  • How is the stormwater service fee calculated?

  • Stormwater: What is impervious surface?

  • What is stormwater and why is it a problem?

  • How can I help protect my drinking water?

  • Where does my drinking water come from?

  • How is bottled water different than tap water?

  • How do I ensure water quality in my private well?

  • Should I be concerned about drinking tap water if I have a severely compromised immune system?

  • I'm worried about a specific drinking water contaminant [lead, Cryptosporidium, nitrate, radon, etc.]. What should I know?

  • I don't like the taste/smell/appearance of my tap water. What's wrong with it?

  • What is a drinking water standard?

  • How can I get my water tested?

  • What's the drinking water report that I've heard about?

  • How will I know if my water isn't safe to drink?

  • Is my tap water safe to drink?

  • What are the rules about solicitors and panhandlers in Tumwater?

  • Is the Police Department hiring police officers?

  • Does the Police Department have an Explorer program?

  • Does the Police Department have a Reserve officer program?

  • How can I retrieve evidence that belongs to me?

  • Who do I contact about a ticket I received from a Tumwater police officer?

  • Does the Police Department accept people riding along with officers?

  • Where is the Police Department located?

  • Can I use a metal detector in Tumwater city parks?

  • Can I bring my electric model aircraft to a Tumwater city-owned park?

  • Is concession vending allowed in Tumwater city parks?

  • How do I sign up for a round of golf?

  • How do I volunteer?

  • How do I reserve a soccer or baseball field?

  • How do I reserve a park shelter?

  • How do I enroll in Summer Day Camp?

  • How do I sign my child up for a sports league?

  • Does the Fire Department offer blood pressure checks?

  • Does the Fire Department offer courtesy safety inspections for my home or business?

  • We are a close knit neighborhood and we are interested in getting organized, as a neighborhood, in case of a disaster. Can someone meet with us to discuss these preparations?

  • My neighborhood, business and/or civic group is interested in a presentation about emergency preparedness; is some available to help us out?

  • How do I schedule a fire station tour for a group of children?

  • If live outside the Tumwater city limits; can I burn my leaves and brush?

  • Can I burn my leaves and brush in Tumwater?

  • Our business or organization would like to conduct a fire drill; can the Fire Department come to our facility?

  • Our business or organization needs to develop an evacuation plan; can the Fire Department help?

  • Does the Fire Department offer first aid and CPR training to the public?

  • What are my responsibilities as a City water user?

  • Does the City adjust my water bill if I have a leak?

  • What are the City's responsibilities for water line repairs?

  • How do I check for a water leak?

  • What if I feel my bill is too high?

  • Can I have my water services disconnected if I am going on an extended vacation?

  • Can I turn my meter on or off?

  • What happens if my water is turned off for non-payment?

  • What if I did not receive my utility bill in the mail?

  • When is my Tumwater utility payment due?

  • If I live outside the City, what are my options for receiving water and/or sewer service?

  • What is bonded indebtedness?

  • How are taxes different in Tumwater than in unincorporated Thurston County?

  • What is annexation?

  • How can I search for development activity by address?

  • When do I need a mechanical permit?

  • When do I need a Plumbing Permit?

  • Can I remove an overgrown tree from my property?

  • Where can I learn more about upcoming projects in Tumwater?

  • Can I put a sign on my lawn?

  • Where can I find the latest copy of the development standards?

  • How can I report a code violation?

  • Where can I put my heat pump?

  • Can can I divide my property?

  • How much does it cost for a sewer / water hookup?

  • What if I have a permit but never called for an inspection?

  • Are there limits to construction hours in Tumwater?

  • Why do I need two restrooms in my office when I have only six employees?

  • Am I required to put panic hardware on the front door of my retail store?

  • How many sets of plans and specifications do I need to submit with my application for a building permit?

  • How can I find out if the contractor I hired is licensed in Washington?

  • Do I need to hire an architect to design my house or addition?

  • May I request a specific time to meet with a building inspector?

  • Do I have to call in advance for an inspection of my work?

  • What if I don't get a permit?

  • When don't I need a permit?

  • When do I need a building permit?

  • Does the City broadcast Channel 26 on the Comcast (xfinity) cable system?

  • Who do I call if I am having a problem with my cable television service?

  • What is the connection between cable television services and the City?

  • How do I find out what job openings are available in the City?

  • How can I apply to be a police officer or firefighter?

  • How do I request a police report or record?

  • How do I report a crime?

  • How do I report an abandoned vehicle?

  • How do I Leave an anonymous crime tip?

  • How do I report a missing person or juvenile runaway?

  • How do I report an instance of identity theft?