What is LiSWA and why is it affecting my sewer user fees?
  • On March 13, 2012, the Placer County Board of Supervisors (Board) accepted the City of Lincoln’s (Lincoln) offer to construct, own and operate a regional pump station and pipeline from North Auburn to the Lincoln Wastewater Treatment and Recovery Facility (Treatment Plant). The improvements were completed and Lincoln began treating SMD 1-North Auburn wastewater flows in May 2016.
  • Currently, the Treatment Plant is nearing capacity for existing County and City customers and will need to be expanded.
  • The County and Lincoln formed a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) that created a cost of service model to estimate new treatment costs using conservative assumptions for many variable components.  
  • The County and Lincoln developed a business proposal for a path forward that would align the interests of the County and Lincoln and ensure equal treatment of all connections. 
  • In November 2022, the Board and Lincoln entered into a Joint Power Agreement, creating the Lincoln-Sewer Maintenance District 1 Wastewater Authority (LiSWA).
  • LiSWA Board of Directors is comprised of 2 members of the Placer County Board of Supervisors and 2 members of the Lincoln City Council.
  • LiSWA owns, acquires, expands, manages, maintains, operates, and controls the Treatment Plant and appurtenant regional wastewater facilities.
  • Pursuant to the terms of the Agreement, LiSWA treats residential EDUs equally regardless of jurisdictional boundaries and uses a uniform method for assigning EDUs to non-residential users.
  • On April 14, 2023, the LiSWA Board of Directors approved the Initial Cost of Service Setting Report to establish the wastewater services rates to be charged to the County and Lincoln, which included treatment and debt service associated with the expansion project.  Please see Report.
  • The new charge rate from LiSWA is $34.56 per month per EDU, up from current charge of $27.64.
  • It is proposed that the LiSWA charge be implemented on a gradual basis over the next 5 years commencing on August 1, 2023 with a 7% increase. 
  • Thereafter, it is proposed that the fee increase annually on July 1 at 7% for 2024, and a maximum of 5% per year for 2025, 2026 and 2027, based upon Water/Sewer/Trash Index (W/S/T Index) from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website, comparing the month of December to the previous December.  See table below.
  • As an offset toward the debt service portion of the sewer user fees, it is proposed that SMD 1 contribute $800,000 per year of sewer connection fee reserves to LiSWA for expansion of the sewer system for the new Treatment Plant expansion.

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

W/S/T Index - Max 5%

$5.76 - Max

$120.89 - Max

July 1, 2027

W/S/T Index - Max 5%

$6.04 - Max

$126.93 – Max 

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1. Why are SMD 1 - North Auburn sewer fees increasing?
2. If approved, when will the SMD 1 - North Auburn fee increase take effect?
3. How do my SMD 1 - North Auburn fees compare with surrounding areas?
4. Why don’t developer assessments cover the sewer fee increases?
5. I am on a fixed income. Is there any discount or subsidy available?
6. Why is this charge on my tax bill instead of a monthly statement?
7. How long has this charge been on my tax bill?
8. I am all by myself. Why do I pay the same or as much as a family of 4 or 6?
9. How do I object to the proposed increase?
10. A valid protest must contain:
11. What constitutes a majority protest?
12. Where can I get additional information?
13. What is LiSWA and why is it affecting my sewer user fees?