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Ord. No. 2016-6. Setting the 2016-2017 Sewer Service Charge.

WHEREAS, the procedures set forth in Article XIIID § 6 of the California State Constitution (Proposition 218) for property-related fees apply to sewer service charge increases; and

WHEREAS, the City is following the procedure set forth in Article XIIID § 6 for this Sewer Service Charge increase; and

WHEREAS, notice of the proposed Sewer Service Charge increase was mailed to ratepayers and property owners on April 26, 2016; and

WHEREAS, a public hearing is scheduled for June 20, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in the San Mateo City Hall Council Chambers, located at 330 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo, regarding the proposed Sewer Service Charge at which all protests against the rate increase and other comments will be considered; and

WHEREAS, in accordance with Article XIIID § 6 of the California Constitution:

a. The revenues derived from the Sewer Service Charge do not exceed the funds required to provide sewer service because a twelve percent rate increase is needed to fund ongoing sewer system operation and maintenance and meet capital expenditures,

b. The revenues derived from the Sewer Service Charge will not be used for any purpose other than the provision of sewer service,

c. The Sewer Service Charge will not exceed the cost of sewer service attributable to each parcel because it is based upon usage,

d. The Sewer Service Charge is only charged for sewer service that is actually used by or currently available to the parcel in question,

e. The Sewer Service Charge pays for the provision of sewer service and not for general governmental services; and

WHEREAS, San Mateo Municipal Code section 3.54.030 provides the Council shall annually establish the Sewer Service Charge.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SAN MATEO, CALIFORNIA, ORDAINS THAT:

Section 1.

In accordance with California Environmental Quality Act guidelines section 15378(b)(4), introduction and adoption of this Ordinance is not a project subject to CEQA because the sewer service charge is a funding mechanism for the City sewer operations and capital projects.

Section 2.

Pursuant to San Mateo Municipal Code section 3.54.030, the 2016-2017 sewer service base rate is set at $9.05 per hundred cubic feet (CCF) of average winter water consumption.

Section 3.

Pursuant to San Mateo County requirements, the City Council authorizes collection of the Sewer Service Charge, which shall be billed on the real property tax roll for Fiscal Year 2016-2017, with the actual total to be updated for the County rolls when the calculation process is completed in late July 2016.

Section 4. PUBLICATION.

This Ordinance shall be published in summary in the San Francisco Examiner, posted in the City Clerk's Office, and posted on the City's website, all in accord with Section 2.15 of the Charter and shall be effective 30 days after the date of adoption.

Section 5. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY AND EFFECTIVE DATE.

This Ordinance was introduced on June 6, 2016 and adopted on June 20, 2016 and shall be effective thirty days after its date of adoption.

The foregoing ordinance was adopted by the City Council of the City of San Mateo, State of California by the following vote:

AYES Council Members Bonilla, Freschet and Papan
NOES None
ABSENT Goethals and Lim,

ATTEST:

Law Information

Cites

  • Ord. No. 2016-6 (PDF)
    City of San Mateo, Cal., Ord. No. 2016-6

Effective

July 20, 2016