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News: 06/01/2020

Sonoma Valley sewer rate proposed increase, hearing set

Sewer rates will likely be increasing for Sonoma Valley residents. The Sonoma Valley County Sanitation district, which serves Glen Ellen and Eldridge, has asked to increase its annual service charge for Fiscal Year 2020/2021 to $1,094, representing a 3.5% ($37) increase from last year’s rate. The request cites increasing costs over the past several years, costs due to price increases for services and supplies, continuation of the capital replacement programs, cost of salaries and benefits, and efforts to improve service. As a result, the FY 2020/2021 sewer service rates are proposed to increase between 3.5% and 5.5% for the various zones and districts.

The district is budgeting for a 10 percent increase in gross expenditures in its $33.8 million proposed budget.

The new rates will become effective July 1.

This and other sewer rate increases will be aired at a public hearing before the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, June 9, at 1:30 p.m., at what will likely be a virtual meeting, though the agenda has yet to be posted.

If it is a virtual meeting, no one may attend in person. Information regarding public online participation will be available on the Board’s agenda 72 hours prior to the meeting at

Written protests on the proposed rate increases must be received by (NOT postmarked) no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, June 8, at the mailing address on the form. Property owners in the sanitation districts and zones already received a written notice of the proposed sewer rate increase. That notice included a written protest form.

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