Public Hearing - Proposed Sewer Rate Increase
The Board of Directors will hear and consider oral testimony and written protests regarding the proposed rate increases at a public hearing. Any written protest must include a name, signature and the property address or Assessor Parcel Number (APN). One written protest per parcel will be counted in calculating a majority protest to the proposed increase.
When: Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 5:00pm
Where: Pursuant to the San Diego County Public Health Order a public hearing will be held via Zoom Teleconference. The Zoom Teleconference information will be posted on the District website 72 hours prior to June 9, 2021. If restrictions are lifted, then the meeting will be held live in the Boardroom located 1960 La Costa Ave. Carlsbad, Ca 92009.
Written protest may be mailed to the Leucadia Wastewater District at 1960 La Costa Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92009 or submitted prior to and during the public hearing. Submissions will be accepted if they are received prior to the close of the public hearing. At the close of the public hearing, the Board of Directors will consider and may approve the rate increases. Oral comments at the public hearing will not qualify as formal protests unless accompanied by a written protest. If, by the close of the public hearing, written protests against the rate increase are not presented by a majority of property owners, the Board of Directors will be authorized to adopt an ordinance to increase the sewer rate charge. Although the public hearing will be held to consider proposed rates for three fiscal years, the Board of Directors will annually confirm the need for the annual rate prior to July 1st of the last two years of the rate period. The time and place for these future meetings will be provided in published newspaper notices and posted on the District’s Website at www.lwwd.org
The Leucadia Wastewater District proactively plans for increases in costs associated with operations, maintenance, and replacement or rehabilitation of its infrastructure. The District also pays a percentage of the cost to operate and maintain the jointly owned Encina Wastewater Treatment Plant. To cover anticipated increases in costs, the District proposes to raise wastewater rates over the next three years. This would be the first rate increase in four years. During that time, the District has continually inspected its sewer lines and pump stations and has maintained them in excellent working order. This work has cost over $29 million in operating and maintenance expenses and over $30 million in infrastructure replacement expenses. The District used an engineering firm to develop an Asset Management Plan which determines when capital facilities will need to be replaced, and at what cost. The District also used a financial firm to prepare a Financial Plan Study, which projects the District’s revenue and expenditures over the next twenty years and determines the timing of necessary sewer rate increases.
The proposed sewer rate increases for the next three years were recommended by the latest Financial Plan Study. These increases are necessary to meet the operations and infrastructure needs of the District. It is anticipated that the District will spend approximately $25 million for operating and maintenance costs and $26 million on capital replacement and rehabilitation costs over the next three years.
The District’s current sewer service charge is $28.64 per month, or $343.68 annually, per household or Equivalent Dwelling Unit (EDU). Currently, the District has the lowest sewer service rate in San Diego County. To help keep costs down, the District utilizes a pay as you go methodology. The District has no financing debt but collects funds ahead of time to pay for upcoming capital needs, thus saving significant amounts on financing and interest expense.