Q:        Why am I receiving a notice entitled “Notice of Public Hearing Regarding Sewer Service Charge Rate Increase”?
A:        All property owners within Castro Valley Sanitary District (CVSan) boundaries received this notice for each property that they are identified as the property owner.  The property address is printed in the upper right corner of the notification letter (ex. “Re: 12345 Main Street”).

Q:        What does this notice mean?
A:        The notice is a requirement for Prop 218 (Cal. Constitution Articles XIII C & D), in which CVSan must notify property owners when: a rate increase is being proposed, the amount of the rate increase, and the basis for the rate increase. This information can be found in the notification letter you received.

Q:        Why are you increasing the sewer service charge rates?
A:        CVSan has determined that rate increases are necessary to enable the District to: (1) recover current and projected increases in the costs of operating and maintaining the sewer system; (2) construct capital infrastructure improvements needed to repair, replace and update the District’s aging sewer system; (3) fund new capital infrastructure; (4) maintain the operational and financial stability of the utility; (5) avoid operational deficits and depletion of reserves; and (6) comply with state and federal regulatory wastewater treatment and disposal requirements. The proposed fees include costs of customary goods and services used by CVSan, which have increased by an average of 3%; and are consistent with the Bay Area average for cost of living adjustments. 

CVSan is proposing to budget and spend approximately $7,801,085 during the next two-year budget cycle on vital improvement projects.  CVSan plans to spend about $6,835,000 on the wastewater collection system, including gravity sewer rehabilitation, trunk sewer capacity projects, the Lateral Replacement Grant Program, and new large sanitary service cleaning equipment.  CVSan will pay $457,714 for treatment plant capital improvement projects.  The proposed increases will continue to position CVSan with one of the lowest rates in Alameda County, as well as throughout the Bay Area.  Additionally, the rate continues to be lower than the average annual service charge in the State of California.  

Q:        What should I do if I agree with the proposed rate increase?
A:        If you agree with the proposed increase in rates for sewer service charges, no action is necessary.

Q:        What should I do if I don’t agree with the proposed rate increase?
A:        As the property owner identified to be subject to the proposed rate increases, you may submit a written protest in opposition of the proposed rate increases.  If the identified property has more than one owner, only one written protest will be counted.  To qualify, each protest must:

·         Be in writing.
·         State that the protest is being submitted in opposition to the proposed rate increases.
·         Provide the location of the identified property (by street address or APN).
·         Include the original signature of the property owner submitting the protest. 

Written protests may be submitted by mail or in person to: Castro Valley Sanitary District, 21040 Marshall Street, Castro Valley, CA 94546, or at the public hearing on May 23, 2017 at 6:30 p.m., and must be received prior to the conclusion of the Public Hearing.  Any protest submitted via e-mail or other electronic means will not be accepted as a formal written protest.  Please identify on the front of the envelope for any protest, whether mailed or submitted in person, that the enclosed letter is for the Public Hearing on Sewer Rates.

Q:        If I submit a protest letter, do I still have to pay the increased rate if it is passed?
A:        Yes, you will still be required to pay the increased rate even if you submit a letter in protest.

Q:        Who do I talk with about the Public Hearing?
A:        Call CVSan at 510-537-0757 extension 106 or email board@cvsan.org.  The Public Hearing will be held at the Regular Board of Directors Meeting on May 23, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the CVSan Board Room, located at 21040 Marshall Street, Castro Valley, CA 94546.  The Public Hearing is a public meeting and is open to the public.  Members of the public may speak for three minutes.  Oral comments at the Public Hearing will not qualify as formal protests unless accompanied by a qualifying written protest.  CVSan offices are open Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   

The purpose of the hearing is to consider all written protests against the proposed rate increases to rates for sewer service charges within CVSan boundaries.  Please review the notice for guidelines for what constitutes a qualifying written protest.  Protests submitted by e-mail, facsimile, or other electronic means will not be accepted.

Q:        When was the last time CVSan sent a Prop 218 notification?
A:        A Prop 218 notification of rate increase for sewer service charges was mailed to all property owners within CVSan boundaries in March of 2015 for rates effective July 15, 2016 and July 1, 2017, and the Board of Directors approved maximum rates through June 30, 2017. 

Q:        I lost my notice.  Can I get another one?
A:        An electronic version (PDF) is available here.

Sewer Service Fees (excerpts from the CVSan code)

Effective July 1, 2016

User Classification Annual Charge
Residential
Residential Dwelling Unit $380
Including condominiums, townhouses, apartments, mobile homes, secondary units.
Partial Dwelling Units $380
Private, non-commercial units including garages, workshops, pool fixture unit houses and other non-habitable structures connected to the sanitary sewer not located as part of a residential complex.
Commercial
Auto Repair Services $1,340
Bakeries $1,502
Barbers $700
Bars/Drinking Places $1,120
Beauty Services $1,331
Car Washes $3,260
Coin Operated Laundromats $2,479
Dentists $1,300
Eating Places - Fast Food $4,399
Eating Places - Other $1,998
Eating Places - Restaurant 0-50 Seats $2,800
Eating Places - Restaurant over 50 Seats $5,600
Eating Places - Take Out $2,200
Fitness Centers/Health Clubs $1,638
Gas Stations $1,961
Grocery Markets $3,001
Hairdressers $1,379
Health Services $1,100
Laundering Services $2,100
Limited Food Markets $1,502
Miscellaneous Commercial $700
Mortuaries/Funeral Homes $970
Motels/Hotels (Per Bed) $380
Pre-Schools/Daycare Facilities $960
Professional Offices $700
Retail $700
Veterinarian Services $1,001
Warehousing $749
Institutional

Churches

$1,379

Community Services/Organizations

$978

Eden Hospital

$65,349

Miscellaneous Institutional

$1,001

Nursing/Care Homes (Per Bed)

$130

Parks

$850

Schools

$10,858
Permits  
*New Connection (does not include inspection fee, valid for 1 year) -
Single Family Dwelling equivalent
$17,557 $15,6761
Inspection $265
Repair Permit (valid 90 days) - includes 2 site visits only. Additional visits will require new permit. $160
Abandon Permit - no charge -
Addition/Relocation Permit (valid 1 year) $265
**Special Discharge Permits Annual Fees
Industrial & Intermediate Users $420.00 + additional monitoring fees
Minor Users $210.00 + additional monitoring fees
Groundwater Discharge $420.00 + $5.00/1,000 gallons
Truck-hauled Sewage Water Discharge (only domestic type sewage) $1,000.00 + $0.05/gallon
Swimming Pools $50.00 (minimum)

*Plus any annexation fees.
**Special Permit Application to be submitted to the District Prior to discharge.
1 - New Connection Fee rate  for 16/17 has been deferred per action at the July 5, 2016 Regular Board of Directors meeting. 

Note 1: Domestic strength wastewater = BOD not greater than 200 mg/l and SS not greater than 200 mg/l.

Other commercial customers with wastewater strengths greater than domestic strength will have rates determined by the following:


Rate = Cost based on flow per Ccf + cost per pound of BOD + Cost per pound of SS

 

Sewer Service Charge Fact Sheet

Sewer Service Rate adjustment major factors:

1. Anticipate capital improvement projects for long-term reliability of the sanitary wastewater system
The District recently completed a Wastewater Collection System Master Plan. The Plan, which is more than 300 pages of information of the hydraulic, condition, operation and maintenance assessments of the sanitary wastewater system. The Plan also includes a capital improvement program which recommends expenditures of approximately $20 million over the next 10-20 years, depending on growth within the District. The District has prioritized the projects to rehabilitate the most critical segments of the system first. The District anticipates spending $14 million in the next three (3) years.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a Sewer Service Charge?
The purpose of the sewer service charge is to raise revenue to fund the costs for maintenance and operation and for renewal and replacement of the facilities necessary to collect, treat and dispose of wastewater generated from your home or business to ultimate deep-water discharge into San Francisco Bay.

How do I pay my Sewer Service Charge?
The District uses the Alameda County Tax Rolls as the primary method of collection of the Sanitary Sewer Service Charge on an annual basis. This line item shows up on the property owner’s property tax bill under the Special Assessments section.

How does my rate compare to other sewer service charge rates in the area?
The District has one of the lowest rates in Alameda County and lower than the average annual charge in the State of California.