Novato Sanitary District Approves Changes to the Sewer Service Charge
May 10, 2022
APPROXIMATE 3% INCREASES FOR MOST RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS
At a hearing held on Monday, May 9, the Novato Sanitary District Board of Directors approved a new, five-year schedule of charges for each customer class. This will ensure continued fair distribution of sewer service charges and funding for quality sewer service.
Over 87% of Residential Customers Would Experience 3% Per Year Increases. The charges were developed by an independent outside rate firm that conducted an extensive study to determine the cost of serving each of its customer classes: Low-Use, Average-Use, and High-Use Residential customers and Non-Residential customers. To ensure that each customer class continues paying their fair share of costs, the District approved a series of moderate rate adjustments. For the Average-Use class of customers over the next five years, the increases are about 3% or $21 per year per household.
The Changes Take Effect on July 1, 2022. The new sewer service charges take effect on July 1, 2022, and will first appear on property tax bills this coming fall.
Novato Sanitary’s Sewer Service Charges Are Among the Lowest in the Region. The District has been proactive in controlling costs. As a result, The District’s sewer service charges are among the lowest in the County and the North Bay area.
Low Income Sewer Rate Assistance Program (LISRAP). Low-income, single-family residential customers who enroll in the District’s LISRAP program will continue to receive discounts based on enrollment in the PG&E CARE Program. Beginning July 1, 2022, Low-Water-Use customers in the LISRAP Program will be eligible for a 15% discount (increased from 10%) and experience a sewer service charge increase of only about $12 per year. All other single-family residential customers in the LISRAP program will continue to receive a 10% discount.
Customers interested in learning more may visit the District website at novatosan.com, email email@example.com, or call customer service at (415) 892-1694.