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Sewer Rates Topic at North Auburn MAC Meeting



Placer County Supervisor Jim Holmes will discuss sewer rates in Sewer Maintenance District #1 at a meeting of the North Auburn Municipal Advisory Council on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

The advisory council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. in the Planning Commission Chambers at the Community Development Resource Agency building, 3091 County Center Drive in North Auburn.  "I encourage ratepayers in SMD #1 to come and provide comments about past actions taken and possible future actions to be taken by the Placer County Board of Supervisors," Supervisor Holmes said. He represents the 3rd District, which includes much of North Auburn and Rocklin, as well as the communities of Ophir, Newcastle and Loomis.

For the past several years, the Board of Supervisors have been weighing options for bringing  SMD #1 into compliance with new effluent-discharge requirements imposed by the State of California and overseen by the State Water Quality Control Board.
 
The options were:
* Upgrading and expanding the SMD #1 Wastewater Treatment Plant on Joeger Road in North Auburn at a projected cost of $58 million; or
* Accepting an offer from the City of Lincoln to build a pipeline from the Joeger Road plant to the City of Lincoln's Wastewater Treatment Plant at a cost of $73 million.
 
 Within the last nine months, the Board has held three key meetings at which decision points were reached. On March 13, 2012, the Board, on a 3-2 vote, directed staff to pursue the offer from the City of Lincoln.

"Because the Lincoln offer is significantly more costly than the upgrade and expansion of the North Auburn plant, the Board will soon be considering options to cover the additional costs, including potentially significant increases to the fees charged to SMD #1 customers," Supervisor Holmes said. "The process to increase the rates to the ratepayers of SMD #1 will begin as early as October 2012. While that process will take several months to complete, I want to engage the public in the discussion as early as possible."





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