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Auburn City Council to weigh regional sewer options

Without outside help, it would increase rates $180 annually
By: Jon Schultz, Journal Staff Writer
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The Auburn City Council will consider at its Monday meeting whether to continue pursuing the Regional Sewer Project.

Entering the project with the City of Lincoln and Placer County would come with a $36.3 million price tag in upfront costs to the City of Auburn, according to the city’s report. That would cover capital expenses for building the required pump station and pipelines, as well as buying-in to an expanded Lincoln wastewater treatment plant, the report said.

“Staff finds minimal compelling reason to continue pursuit of the Regional Sewer Project if the impact to the sewer rate cannot be stabilized by outside funding,” according to the report.

If there are no subsidies to decrease the amount the city would need to finance, then it would mean a $15 per month increase – $180 annually – to sewer rates per a typical single family dwelling, the report said.

If Auburn can subsidize costs by $7 million, then those monthly rates would go up by $10. In order to maintain stable rates, the city would need $18.16 million in subsidies, the report said.

Going regional would also likely increase sewer connection fees from the current $7,408.20 per sewer unit to $12,700, the report said.

 

Jon Schultz can be reached at jons@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jon_AJNews