SLO council approves water and sewer rate hikes

June 8, 2023


The San Luis Obispo City Council voted unanimously to increase water and sewer rates this year and next year. [KSBY]

Water rates will increase by 8.5 percent on July 1. They will then increase by an additional 7.5 percent on July 1, 2024. 

Sewer rates rise by 4% this July and then by another 4% in July 2024. 

The SLO Utilities Department, which requested the rate hikes, says it will increase its spending on chemicals by $300,000 and on electricity by $1.5 million in the 2023-2024 fiscal year. The department says increased rainfall and water supply do not result in reduced costs for residents, as more than 85% of water and sewer expenditures are fixed. 

Utilities officials have obtained more than $20 million in grants to improve water and sewer usage for customers, greatly reducing costs for city residents.

The city of SLO offers a financial assistance program that aids residents with monthly water and sewer bills. Eligible participants can receive a 15% discount on their monthly bills.

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Same old story the workers request a raise in pay to help pay for all the price increases and Gov and business says they can’t afford it but they then raise their prices to cover there extra costs leaving the people continually behind the 8 ball Biden says we have strong economy and everyone is doing fine ARE YOU ??

Because Poly students get to vote in our local elections we have been stuck with a liberal city council for decades. This is the result, policies that are against local citizens.

Which is why we aren’t Templeton. And the students live here. Any other groups you disagree with you would like disenfranchise?

i don’t understand how SLO has evaded being sued into having districts for supervisors like many of the surrounding towns.

Rate hikes, layoffs and insurance companies are leaving California. This is why the con is about developing entitlements and not a finished product.