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Helping Guide Sacramento's Future —

Your Department of Utilities is planning for the future. They want to continue providing Sacramento with high-quality and cost-effective water, sewer, garbage and related services that are reliable and environmentally sensitive.

They face tough challenges. The sewer and water systems, water treatment plant and many water and sewer pipes in use today were built in the early 1900s. They are old and falling apart. And, the department faces rising costs for energy, chemicals, materials and government regulatory compliance.

Choices need to be made and Utilities needs your help moving forward. To start, the department asked for your input on its guiding principles that will serve as the foundation for rate analysis, planning and future services.

More than 1,100 members of the Sacramento community participated in either an online, paper or telephone survey. The findings of the survey have been analyzed and compiled into a report to be used in the rate adjustment process and in setting future policy. Overall, residential and business customers rated utility services relatively high.

As a result of updates from staff regarding each of the Utilities funds and following the recommendation of URAC, the City Council adopted the proposed 3-year rate increase at the March 27 meeting.

Proposition 218 Notification Document Available
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Rate Analysis Process


Phase 1: Guiding Principles Development - Completed

Community Engagement and Input: September 2011
  • Utilities conducts research to gain customer feedback on the department's Guiding Principles. They will serve as a foundation for rate analysis, department policies, future programs and services.
Utilities Rate Advisory Commission Meeting (URAC) and City Council meetings: October 2011
  • Utilities will submit findings from the online survey and engagement process to the URAC and City Council. (URAC is seven residents appointed by mayor and confirmed by the City Council.)

Phase 2: Rate Development - Completed

Community Education: Late Fall-Winter 2011
  • City Council and URAC will hear updates from staff regarding each of the Utilities Funds and their status and challenges. Notifications regarding the proposed rate adjustments, why they are needed and upcoming hearings will be sent to customers.

Phase 3: Continued Communication Regarding Utilities Funds - Completed

Public Notice & Hearings: Winter 2011/12
  • City Council and URAC will hold public hearings regarding proposed rate adjustments. The URAC will make a recommendation to the City Council and the City Council will make the ultimate decision regarding adjustments.

 

City Council Approves Utilities Rate Increase


The City Council met Tuesday, March 27 to discuss and take action on Utilities' proposed 3-year rate increase. The City Council adopted the Utilities Rate Advisory Commission's recommendations to adopt the proposed rate increase proposed by Utilities: 10% for water and for wastewater 16% (first year), 15% (second year) and 14% (third year). The Department of Utilities' proposed water and wastewater rate increases will increase the average single family customer's monthly bill for City utility services by $5.80 the first year, $6.35 the second year, and $6.91 the third year, which represents an increase in the total utility bill of approximately six percent each year, as shown on the following chart and will take effect July 1. Rate increases will assist in the financing of infrastructure improvements such as upgrades to the Sacramento Water Treatment Plant built in the 1920s, in addition to meeting mandated regulatory requirements such as completing water meter installations citywide by 2025.

As a part of their action, the Council also adopted URAC's recommendation, which would require Utilities report back on a semi-annual basis regarding its progress and to ensure that the rate increases are being used for capital replacements and improvements. The URAC also asked that new revenue generated from the rate increase by the Enterprise Fund Tax be used to set up a low-income assistance program. In June 1998, Sacramento voters approved Measure I, which imposed an 11% tax on the water, sewer, storm drainage and solid waste revenues. This tax revenue is paid to the City's General Fund. The Council will be discussing this program as a part of their planning for the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year Budget.


Click to view the agenda or watch the presentation here.


To view the proposed rate schedule for water, click here.

To view the proposed rate schedule for wastewater, click here.


Learn About Utilities' Proposed Water and Wastewater Program. Watch the Video Below.









Current Status of Rate Analysis Process

Phase 3: Continued Communication Regarding Utilities Funds
Public Notice & Hearings:
Winter 2011/12 - Completed

City Council and URAC will hold public hearings regarding proposed rate adjustments. The URAC will make a recommendation to the City Council and the City Council will make the ultimate decision regarding adjustments.

To view past and future phases of the process click here.

Attend an Upcoming Meeting
Click here to view current URAC and City Council meeting dates. For past meetings, click here.

In the Press
Read the latest coverage of Utilities' process, proposed plan and need for infrastructure improvements. Click here.

Rate Projection Information
If you would like to receive a projection for your utility service account based on current usage and the proposed 3-year rate increases, please fill out the following form:
Commercial customers, click here.
Residential customers, click here.

Date


Tuesday, February 21




Tuesday, March 27


Meeting


Ordinance to establish the proposed Utility Rate will be placed on Consent Calendar as a Pass For Publication

Staff will provide a report and ask Council to adopt the ordinance to approve the proposed rates; URAC will provide Council their recommendation regarding the proposed rates.

Time


6:00 p.m.




6:00 p.m.


Location


New City Hall
Council Chambers
915 I Street, 1st Floor - Map


New City Hall
Council Chambers
915 I Street, 1st Floor - Map

Date


Wednesday, October 26



Tuesday, November 8



Monday, November 14



Thursday, December 15



Tuesday, January 10



Wednesday, January 25



Thursday, February 2



Meeting


URAC



City Council workshop regarding Water and Wastewater Program

URAC



URAC



City Council



URAC Rate Hearing



URAC continues discussion regarding proposed rate adjustments

Time


5:30 p.m.



6:00 p.m.



5:30 p.m.



5:30 p.m.



6:00 p.m.



5:30 p.m.



5:30 p.m.



Location


New City Hall
915 I Street, 1st Floor - Map

New City Hall
915 I Street, 1st Floor - Map

New City Hall
915 I Street, 1st Floor - Map

New City Hall
915 I Street, 1st Floor - Map

New City Hall
915 I Street, 1st Floor - Map

New City Hall
915 I Street, 1st Floor - Map

New City Hall
915 I Street, 1st Floor - Map

Date


Wednesday, January 4


Monday, January 9



Wednesday, January 11



Thursday, January 12



Wednesday, January 18



Wednesday, January 18


Thursday, January 19



Meeting


Rate Workshop


Community Partnership Meeting



Community Partnership Meeting



Rate Workshop



Rate Workshop



Community Partnership Meeting


Rate Workshop


Time


11:00 a.m.


6:30 p.m.



6:30 p.m.



5:00 p.m.



5:00 p.m.



6:30 p.m.


6:00 p.m.


Location


New City Hall Lobby
915 I Street - Map

South Natomas
Community Center
2921 Truxel Road - Map

Pannell Meadowview Community Center
2450 Meadowview Road - Map

School of Engineering
and Science
7345 Gloria Drive - Map

South Natomas
Community Center
2921 Truxel Road - Map

George Sim Community Center
6207 Logan Street - Map

Clunie Community Center
601 Alhambra Boulevard - Map