San Diego Reevaluates 28% Increase In Sewer Rates

Singe-family homes may get a break from San Diego's plan to increase sewer rates by nearly 19 percent in 2022 and a total of 28 percent over the next four years.

The city recently received a legally mandated second open on a consultant's analysis that was used to calculate the rate increases, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune.

According to the second opinion, the increases should be smaller and more gradual.

City officials have agreed to incorporate the second opinion analysis into their rate increases, admitting the initial analysis may have been too "conservative."

The City Council is set to receive the final recommendations in July and will vote on them in September. The new rate will potentially take effect in January for San Diego's 2.2 million sewer customers.

According to the Union-Tribune, the first recommendation took into account the Public Utilities Department's desire to boost its revenue stream so it can sell bonds. The second opinion didn't take that into account and instead focused on the sewer system's immediate and long-term financial stability.

Councilmember Raul Campillo expressed the importance of a second opinion to the rate analysis process.

“I think the independent review is a very important aspect of this process that helps us as policymakers not only see an outside view, but shows the voters we are looking at this from all sides,” said Campillo.

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