2015 Utility Rate Changes
updated: Apr 25, 2014, 11:45 AM
Source: City of Santa Barbara
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: City Council Chambers, City Hall
735 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Santa Barbara will consider, at the
above-indicated time and place, a recommendation to adopt a resolution to increase water, wastewater
(sewer), and solid waste collection rates charged by the City. Increases would be effective on utility bills
dated July 1, 2014 or later. Small variations in the stated percentages may occur due to rounding.
During a drought, the City relies on its customers to preserve remaining water supplies through
extraordinary water conservation. At the same time, the City faces increased costs to maintain essential
water service, including more expensive capital and operating costs to increase drought water supplies
from groundwater and water purchases.
The City is proposing drought water rates to provide a portion of the revenue needed for the City's cost of
water service, and to encourage extraordinary water conservation to ensure the City maintains sufficient
drinking water supplies for its customers. You can see the proposed rate changes on our Water Rate
(Applicable only to customers billed by the City for sewer service).
The proposed wastewater rate change is a 5.5% percent increase to the City's current charges for
all customer classes. The maximum monthly charge for a single family residential customer would increase
by $2.22 under the proposed rates. The proposed increase will fund operating costs, as well as
replacement and repair of the City's aging sewer system. This includes replacement of critical facilities at
the wastewater treatment plant. The City will expand the number of non-residential customer
classifications during FY 2015. All non-residential accounts will have the same 5.5% rate increase during FY
2015 as for residential accounts.
Trash and Recycling
(Applicable only to customers billed by the City for trash/recycling collection).
The proposed rate schedule includes an increase for all customer classes (Single Family
Residential, Multi-Unit Residential and Business) of up to 1.6%, comprised of the following components:
1) 0.9% which represents an an increase in the amounts paid to the City's contracted hauler tied to the
increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and,
b) increases to the "tipping fees" charged by the processing and/or disposal sites that receive City waste.
The City is contractually obligated to compensate its franchised waste hauler for these increases; as well as
a new fee of 0.7% to fund the long-term repair and replacement of the City's public trash and recycling
In addition to the 1.6% increase described above, rates for Multi-Unit Residential carts and cans will
increase by 2%, and Multi Unit dumpsters will decrease by 2%. These adjustments are part of the
City's long term plan to bring Multi-Unit dumpster and cart/can rates to an equivalent price per gallon
regardless of the type of container serviced. The impact of this change on actual bills will vary depending
upon each Multi-Unit Residential customer's specific mix of cars/carts and dumpster service.
Read more at SantaBarbaraCA.gov
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