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Sewer Service Tax to Increase

There’s a hearing on July 6, 2010 on a proposed increase in Alameda sewer service charge.

Mailers from the City of Alameda Department of Public Works went out last week to Alameda property owners with information about a proposed increase in sewer service charges. For a single-family home, fees would increase by almost 50% by 2013. The first increase would begin in July 2010 and would be billed on your annual property tax statement. Multi-family and commercial sewer service charges would increase too.

The City of Alameda says that increases are need to meet EPA requirements and fund ongoing operating and maintenance expenses of the City’s sewer facilities. The increase will be put to a special vote-by-mail assessment procedure under Article XIIID of the California State Constitution and Proposition 218; this process provides for a mandatory public hearing, and allows property owners to approve or disapprove of the increase. One need only be a property owner – not a register voter – to have their say on the increase.

The public hearing is at Alameda City Hall, on July 6, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.

City of Alameda – City Hall
2263 Santa Clara Avenue
Third Floor, Council Chambers
Alameda, CA 94510

4 comments to Sewer Service Tax to Increase

  • Jason

    The first rate increase would be in July 2011 (July 1 of FY10/11), not July 2010 as stated in this article. See page 4-4 in the Sewer Rate Study:

  • Thanks. We worked from the mailer for this story, and not the study – we’ll have to double check it against the mailer.

    According to table ES-1 in the study, residential rates would increase for 2010/11 tax year by 14%

    Table ES-1: Recommended Sewer Fee Adjustment (Residential)
    FY 09/10 FY 10/11 FY 11/12 FY 12/13 FY 13/14 FY 14/15
    Percent Increase 0% 14% 14% 14% (CPI) (CPI)
    Single Family Monthly Rates
    Current $14.91 $15.36 $15.82 $16.29 $16.78 $17.28
    Proposed $14.91 $17.00 $19.38 $22.09 $22.75 $23.44
    Incremental Increase $0.00 $2.09 $2.38 $2.71 $0.66 $0.68
    New Multifamily Monthly Rates
    Current $13.42 $13.82 $14.24 $14.66 $15.10 $15.56
    Proposed $13.42 $15.30 $17.44 $19.88 $20.48 $21.09
    Incremental Increase $0.00 $1.88 $2.14 $2.44 $0.60 $0.61

    Note that the fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30th. So, calendar date July 1, 2010, is the first day of the fiscal year 2010-11, and calendar date July 1, 2011, is the first day of the fiscal year 2011-12.

  • Sorry, but looking at the sewer tax increase study, and the county assessor practices, this rate increase, if approved, would begin July 1, 2010, for the fiscal year 2010-2011, implementing a rate increase of 14%

    In the Sep/Oct of this year, the County will send out the tax bills for the fiscal year 2010-2011, which begins July 1, 2010. The County Assessor gives the assessed property values to the Auditor on July 1, 2010, and it takes time for the bills to get prepared, etc. and they aren’t mailed until the fall. The City is expecting that they will get their sewer rate increase approved in early July, well in time to ask the County auditor to put the increase on the tax bills for the 2010-2011 year which are mailed in the fall.

    So, the tax would begin this July 1, 2010, if approved. Note that property owners, and not just registered voters, get to vote on a prop 218 real-property tax increase.

  • How to protest the sewer tax increase:

    The City of Alameda has set forth the procedures on how to protest the sewer tax increase, see the link below.

    Basically, a property owner must submit a letter to the City listing their parcel number, their opposition to the tax, and sign it. See the full procedures at the link: