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Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Adjustments to Water and Sewer Rates in Accordance with a Previously Approved Schedule

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Cambria Community Services District (CCSD) is proposing to adjust water and sewer rates, effective as of July 1, 2024, pursuant to a previously approved schedule, in accordance with Government Code Section 53756. The rate adjustments are authorized by CCSD Resolution 32-2022, adopted on May 19, 2022, and Resolution 43-2022, adopted on June 23, 2022, and Resolution 37-2023, adopted on June 15, 2023, in accordance with Proposition 218.

The Board of Directors will consider final approval for the July 1, 2024, water and sewer rate adjustments at the regular meeting of June 13, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. at the Cambria Veterans Memorial Building, at 1000 Main Street, Cambria, CA 93428.

Rate Adjustments Needed to Fund Normal Operating Costs of the Water & Sewer Utility Systems

The adjustments are necessary because the CCSD’s water and sewer utilities rely primarily on revenues from service charges to fund the costs of providing service. As such, water and sewer rates must be set at levels adequate to fund the costs of operating and maintaining the District’s water and sewer utility systems to support safe and reliable service.

The key factors driving the need for the previously approved rate increases include a need to restore balanced budgets to bring revenues back in line with the costs of providing service and restore financial stability, to help fund critical improvements to aging infrastructure, to help fund the District’s highest-priority water and sewer system capital needs, to provide a minimal prudent level of funding for repairs, replacements, and rehabilitation of aging infrastructure.

Water Rates

CCSD’s water rates include both 1) fixed charges levied on each account regardless of water use, and 2) water quantity charges billed based on metered water use in each billing period. Residential customers pay a uniform fixed charge per account plus water quantity charges billed via three graduating rate tiers, with water purchased first in Tier 1 and then subsequently in higher tiers that are more expensive as water use increases. Commercial rates include fixed charges that vary by meter size – with higher charges for customers with larger meter sizes that place more demand on the water system – plus a uniform volumetric rate for all water use. Quantity charges are billed in units of one hundred cubic feet (ccf), with 1 ccf equal to approximately 748 gallons.

Table shows current and future residential/commercial water rates and charges based on consumption. Effective July 1, 2024.

Sewer Rates

CCSD sewer rates include both 1) fixed charges levied on each account regardless of usage, and 2) sewer quantity charges billed based on metered water use in each billing period. Sewer quantity charges for commercial customers vary based on wastewater class and strength, with lower charges for customers with lower-strength wastewater and higher charges for customers with higher-strength wastewater, which costs more to process and treat in order to comply with CCSD’s wastewater discharge permit requirements.

A table showing current and future sewer rates for residential and commercial users, including fixed and quantity charges based on water use.
Notice of Public Hearing


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