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Sewer rates to rise

Sanitation District officials announce plans for 7-percent rate hike

Posted: April 26, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 26, 2012 1:55 a.m.
 


Sewer rates for users across the Santa Clarita Valley are expected to increase by 7 percent next year, according to plans announced by officials at the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District.

Residents hooked up to the sewer system currently paying the normal single-family rate of $215 every year are expected to pay $231 for the same services in the 2012-13 fiscal year, according to the latest schedule drafted by the district’s board of directors.

Before the rates are ratified, sanitation officials are first required to hear from the public about their plans.

A public hearing on the proposed rate increase is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. May 9. But it’ll be held at the county Sanitation Districts’ office on Workman Mill Road in Whittier.

Besides the proposed increase for existing sewage system users, new users would have to pay more beginning next year if proposed rates go through.

The proposed fee to connect to the system next year is $5,000, compared to the current connection fee of $4,400.

“This was approved last year as part of a three-year rate increase,” said John Gulledge, the district’s department head in charge of financial planning.

Last summer, the three-member board of directors for the Santa Clarita Valley Sanitation District approved an increase of roughly $16 each year for three years for the regular operation and maintenance of the sewer system.

“It was made clear when the board did take this action that this rate would only be to support continued operations and maintenance of existing facilities,” Gulledge said.

Anyone needing more information can email sanitation officials at Rates@lacsd.org.

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