June 4, 2024


Sewer Service Rate Increase Proposed

Leucadia Wastewater District takes pride in providing top-tier service to our community while maintaining one of the lowest sewer service rates in San Diego County. With a current monthly rate of $38.12 (or $457.44 annually) for a single-family home, we stand well below the county average of $58.79 per month (or $705.48 annually). This commitment to affordability, coupled with a remarkable four-year no-spill streak, speaks volumes about our dedication to both quality service and environmental stewardship.

To sustain this level of service and ensure the reliability of our infrastructure, we are proposing a rate adjustment over the next three fiscal years. The Board of Directors will hold a public hearing to consider these proposed rate increases on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. in the Board Room at our headquarters located at 1960 La Costa Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92009. This hearing provides you with an opportunity to voice your opinions, pose questions, and gain a deeper understanding of the proposed rate adjustments and their implications for our community.

If approved, the rate increases will be implemented on July 1st of each year, as outlined in the below table.

The proposed sewer rate increases for the next three years were recommended in the latest Financial Plan Study. The Financial Plan Study was conducted by a financial firm and it projects the District's expenditures and revenues over the next twenty years. Over the next three years, it is anticipated that the District will allocate approximately $61 million towards operational ($29 million) and capital replacement and rehabilitation ($32 million) costs, underscoring the necessity of these adjustments. The recommended rate increases are a direct result of this financial model and are crucial for meeting the operational and infrastructure needs of our District, ultimately safeguarding our local beaches and wildlife.