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Monthly $13.78 sewer hike proposal for North Auburn

By: Journal Staff
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A proposal for a $13.78-a-month sewer fee increase in North Auburn will be presented to the North Auburn Municipal Advisory Council on Tuesday.

The fee hike would affect about 5,000 properties served by Sewer Maintenance District 1.

Tuesday’s meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. and the presentation on the proposed fee increase is set for 7 p.m. the meeting will be held in the Planning Commission Chambers at the Community Development Resource Agency building, 3091 County Center Drive, in North Auburn.

Council members are slated to receive an informational presentation on the increase but not scheduled to take any action. A county statement said the meeting will provide an opportunity for ratepayers to learn more about the proposal.

For single-family households served by the sewer district, charges would increase from the current $82 a month to $95.78, starting July 1. The proposed fee increase would fund construction and initial operation of a regional sewer project with a base price of $73.8 million that includes a new pump station in North Auburn and about 13 miles of pipeline to send wastewater to an expanded city of Lincoln treatment plant. The district’s North Auburn plant, which has failed to meet state and federal standards, would no longer be used.

The county Board of Supervisors is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the rate increase proposal at 10:30 a.m. May 7. Board members will also consider any written protests from ratepayers at that time. The meeting in May will take place in the Board of Supervisors Chambers at the Placer County Administrative Center, 175 Fulweiler Ave., in Auburn.