2019 Water & Sewer Rate Study & Prop 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 the following
- Proposing utility rates to fund all anticipated operating and
- 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.
- Complying with certain legal requirements
August 21, 2019
Presentation from staff to have City Council discuss and consider the
2019 Santa Paula Water and Sewer Rate Study Report, select alternatives
to the water and sewer rates for the September 4, 2019 public hearing
and approve an Amendment No. 2 for the Professional Services Agreement
with NBS in an Amount Not to Exceed $42,360 for Professional Consulting
August 5, 2019:
Staff presented the water and sewer rate study to the community in a
workshop setting and answered questions and concerns.
July 17, 2019:
Staff presented the water/sewer rate alternatives and allowed City
Council to provide direction to staff on how to proceed with the rate