Paso Robles seeking 60% sewer rate increase

February 3, 2021


The city of Paso Robles is considering raising sewer rates by approximately 60 percent over the next four years.

At its meeting on Tuesday, the Paso Robles City Council will discuss multiple sewer rate hike proposals.

One proposal calls for an up-front rate hike of 50 percent that would take effect on July 1 and would be followed by a pair of 5 percent increases on April 1, 2024 and April 1, 2025. Under an alternative phased-in approach, sewer rates would increase by 24 percent on July 1 and then by 8 percent on April 1 of 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025.

If the city were to approve the phased-in approach, the average monthly residential sewer bill would rise from its current level of $46.80 to $58.20 on July 1. By April 2025, the average sewer bill in Paso Robles would rise to around $75.

City officials are also considering changing the structure of sewer rates in order to add fixed charges. Currently, Paso Robles wastewater customers only pay usage charges.

If the council endorses a rate hike and later formally approves one, ratepayers will have the opportunity to mount a majority protest in order to upend the sewer bill increases.

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Before you worry about the increase, better read your water meter! We just had to go round and round with the water department and their bogus bills! Shows a reading twice what is on our meter! Buyer beware.

The sewer rate charged is a function of your water use during Dec, Jan and Feb. minimize your usage for that period and your monthly sewer rate will drop. My rate is $37.

This is recalculated every July. Too late for the coming cycle, but hope it will help going forward.

Paso voted for their current conservative council, now they can eat it, again, and again, and again. Hm, ironic isnt it, that politicians around here on Both sides dont give 2 sh*ts, pun intended.

Oh yeah, it would be so much better to live in SLO with their progressive council and pay the electric bill now that gas appliances are no longer an option for new construction!

Ever paid for using an electric dryer Kevin? Watching the meter will make your head spin.