2019 Water & Sewer Rate Study & Proposition 218 Process
The City of Santa Paula (City or Utility) provides domestic water service to more than 7,400 accounts and is responsible for the collection and treatment of sewage generated by the City. The City also owns and operates the wastewater treatment plant, which began its operations in 2010.
The City conducted rate analysis in 2014 and 2016 to re-evaluate its water and sewer rates for a number of reasons; however, no action was taken in response to earlier studies. Difficult decisions will be needed regarding funding of capital improvement projects and the level of rate increases. The ultimate goal for City Council is to develop updated rates based before the end of 2019 on the City's broader rate-related goals and objectives, and present these alternatives to the public, including meeting key financial parameters as well as specific objectives:
Proposing utility rates to fund all anticipated operating and maintenance costs.
Funding necessary capital improvement projects.
Maintaining adequate reserve funds for the Utility.
Developing rate increases that will maintain necessary funding levels for the next five years.