State law prohibits utilities from offering discounts or providing subsidies, to ensure each property has the same access to, and use of, the sewer system for the same price. Each property has to pay the same amount for the same benefit, e.g., access to, and use of, the sewer system.
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The initial increase will be effective on August 1, 2023, and each additional increase will take effect annually on July 1 through 2027.
State regulations only allow connection fees for new construction to be used to increase capacity in the collection and treatment systems proportionate to the impact caused by the new development. Connection fees for new development may not be used to subsidize current usage or pay for treatment plant improvements needed to meet new regulatory requirements.
It is the most cost-efficient way to collect the charges. Billing monthly would require additional staffing and thus further increase sewer fees.
Placer County has been billing sewer fees on the tax roll for over 25 years.
The residential fee system is based on the average residential usage for a single-family residence. Public agency investigation into the number of individuals within a residence would require intrusion in the private lives of our customers to an unacceptable level and is infeasible from an administrative standpoint. The system used for billing is commonly in place throughout California.
You may object to the proposed increases by any of the following methods:
Clerk of the Board of Supervisors
County of Placer
175 Fulweiler Avenue
Auburn, CA 95603
The North Auburn Municipal Advisory Council will receive an informational item regarding the proposed fee increases at their May 9, 2023 meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the Planning Commission Chambers of the Community Development Resource Agency building located at 3091 County Center Drive, Auburn.
Effective Date of New Sewer User Fee
Proposed Percentage Increase
Proposed User Fee Increase ($/Mo/EDU)
Proposed Monthly Fee ($/Mo/EDU)
Current Fee = $95.78
August 1, 2023
July 1, 2024
July 1, 2025
W/S/T Index - Max 5%
$5.48 - Max
$115.13 - Max
July 1, 2026
$5.76 - Max
$120.89 - Max
July 1, 2027
$6.04 - Max
$126.93 – Max