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City of San Luis Obispo considers water and sewer rate hikes

Posted at 7:27 PM, Apr 29, 2019

People living in San Luis Obispo could see certain utility bills go up beginning this summer.

The city is considering increases for water and sewer rates over the next two fiscal years, beginning this July.

Informational packets on the proposed increases have started appearing in mailboxes.

The city says the rate increases are critical to cover infrastructure improvements, regulatory requirements, increased equipment, maintenance, and operational costs, as well as bond financing requirements.

City leaders say the monthly water bill for the average single-family home is currently $56.98. Under the proposed rate changes, that monthly bill would increase to $60.09 this July. It would increase again to $63.39 by July of 2020.

This accounts for a 5.5 percent increase for each fiscal year.

The typical single-family home with a sewer cap of four units can expect their sewer bill to increase from $50.09 to $52.84 beginning in July. It would also increase again in July of 2020 to $55.47.

This accounts to a 5.5 percent increase for the first fiscal year, and a 5.0 percent increase in the second.

To learn more about how the increase could impact your water and sewer bill, click here.

A public hearing is planned to discuss the proposed rate increases. It is scheduled for June 18 at 6 p.m. at the City Council Chambers, which is located at 990 Palm Street in San Luis Obispo

If adopted, the changes would take effect on July 1, 2019, and on July 1, 2020.