Why is there an excise tax charge on my bill?

Periodically we mention the status of the City of Federal Way excise tax in our bi-monthly Newsletters that are included with your invoice mailings.  The following newsletter may be of interest as it explains for formula to calculate excise tax.  July-August 2018, Issue #176  Newsletter.  

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1. Can I pay my bill online and/or set up auto pay?
2. Where can I pay my bill in person or drop off after hours?
3. I am having a technical issue with the online payment system, who can I contact for assistance?
4. Why is there an excise tax charge on my bill?
5. How often does Lakehaven Water and Sewer District bill customers?
6. How is my sewer bill calculated?
7. Why do I have a previous balance on my bill for a property I just purchased?
8. How is my water bill calculated?
9. How do I calculate how much of my next bill is my renter's, when they have moved out?
10. Why is my bill higher than usual?