Notice of Public Hearing
June 5, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. MRWPCA Board Room
5 Harris Court, Bldg. D, Monterey, CA 93940
The Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency (MRWPCA) will hold a public hearing to consider adoption of a proposed rate increase for all customers in our service area. The notice is provided pursuant to Article XIII (D), Section 6 of California Government Code Section 53755, which provides for notice of proposed increases in charges to ratepayers and explains how you can participate in the rate-setting process.
The public hearing will be held on June 5, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the MRWPCA Board Room, 5 Harris Court, Bldg. D, Monterey, California. During the public hearing, The Board shall hear and consider all objections and protests, if any, to the proposed rate increase. This notice is being sent to all property owners in the MRWPCA service area. The proposed sewer service charges were calculated by the Agency in order to fairly allocate applicable costs between residential, commercial, and industrial users based on customer and service type; and impact on the system. A table of the proposed rates is shown below.
MRWPCA places a high emphasis on providing environmentally responsible and cost-effective services. An increase in the rates is necessary in order to recover sufficient revenues to operate and maintain the wastewater system. While the proposed increase is needed to fund increasing operational costs, the largest share of this increase will be used to pay for capital improvements.
The Agency's wastewater conveyance and treatment facilities are over 25 years old. This infrastructure operates in a very corrosive environment and there is a need for maintenance, renewal, and replacement to operate the equipment in a safe and reliable manner that meets regulatory standards. While an internal needs assessment has identified infrastructure improvements of $10 million annually, the Agency is recommending a phased-in approach to balance infrastructure investment with the costs of user fees. The proposed rate increase will be used to preserve and upgrade $18 million in facilities and equipment over the next three years.
To assist in determining rates, the Agency retained Bartle Wells and Associates to perform a Wastewater Rate Study and a Comprehensive Fee Study. This included a 10-year review of estimated capital projects, operating costs, and various rate structures. This information was also compared with rates of similar and local organizations, capital funding levels, and financial benchmarks to arrive at an appropriate and cost-effective rate. (A full presentation of this rate study is available in the February 27 Board Agenda PDF.)
Over the next three years, a single family residence would increase no more than the amounts listed below:
2017/2018 — $1.55 a month
2018/2019 — $1.75 a month
2019/2020 — $1.90 a month
If approved, the rate increase would begin July 1, 2017, and will adjust subsequently for each of the two following years on July 1.
|CURRENT & PROPOSED RATES|
|Current Monthly Rate||Proposed Rate 7/1/2017||Proposed Rate 7/1/2018||Proposed Rate 7/1/2019|
|Business/Government per 10 employees||$10.75||$11.50||$12.35||$13.25|
|Transient Occupancy Residential||15.85||17.40||19.15||21.05|
|Hotel/Motel each unit||6.70||7.20||7.80||8.40|
|Bed & Breakfast Inn each unit||4.45||4.75||5.10||5.45|
|Medical Office each physician||13.75||14.60||15.50||16.45|
|Dental Office each dentist||18.80||20.00||21.30||22.70|
|Rest Home/Convalescent per bed||4.20||4.50||4.80||5.15|
|General Hospital per bed||24.70||26.50||28.50||30.60|
|Restaurant–One Meal per seat||1.05||1.15||1.30||1.40|
|Restaurant–Two Meals per seat||1.55||1.70||1.90||2.10|
|Restaurant–Three Meals per seat||3.00||3.30||3.65||4.00|
|Restaurant w/Bar per seat||3.00||3.30||3.65||4.00|
|Theater per screen||33.85||36.55||39.50||42.65|
|School (Minimum) per student||10.75||11.50||12.35||13.25|
|School (0-6) per student||0.13||0.15||0.18||0.21|
|School (7-College) per student||0.28||0.32||0.37||0.43|
|Boarding School per student||3.25||3.75||4.30||4.90|
|Service Station/Repair per 10 employees||11.20||12.10||13.10||14.15|
|Laundromats per wash||9.00||9.70||10.40||11.20|
|Special User*||Individual Determination||NA||NA||NA|
|* Special User means any establishment, which cannot be classified in any other category, based on their individual flow. The rates for special users are determined based on estimated flow rates.|
There are a number of critical projects that will increase reliability of the Agency's infrastructure. The Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is designed to identify capital expenditures for the next ten years and plan appropriately. A significant portion of the three year rate increase from customers will fund up to $18 million in projects. Major projects include:
A full list of proposed projects can be viewed in the February 27 Board Agenda (PDF).
MRWPCA and Monterey Peninsula Water Management District are proud to partner to bring a safe, clean, and sustainable source of potable water. This new operation, The Pure Water Monterey Project (PWM), emphasizes advanced water recycling technology, replenishment of the groundwater supply, and protection of the environment.
PWM will not be funded through this increase. This new operation will be 100% funded through the wholesale sale of the advanced purified recycled water. Construction of this project will begin in the summer of 2017.
Take an up-close look at the award-winning wastewater treatment and water recycling facilities. We welcome all persons ages 8 and above to tour the entire facility. Visit the Tours page for more information and to schedule a tour or call us at (831) 883-6109.
If you wish to protest this proposed sewer rate adoption, you may: Attend the public Hearing held on June 5, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the MRWPCA Board Room located at 5 Harris Court, Building D, Monterey, California.
Any owner of record or customer of record of a parcel identified for the proposed increase may submit a written protest. The protests must be received via mail, email, fax or hand delivered by June 5, 2017, before the close of the public comment portion of the 6:00 p.m. public hearing. A protest must include your name, address of the impacted property (or Assessor's Parcel Number), and must be signed, unless sent via email, by the property owner or rate payer. Only one protest per parcel will be counted. Owners of multiple parcels/properties within the Agency's service area may file one protest for each parcel owned.