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550 East 6th Street
Beaumont, CA 92223
Proposed Sewer Rate Increase - Prop 218

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held before the City Council of the City of Beaumont on the following date:

DATE OF HEARING:     January 16, 2018
TIME OF HEARING:      6:00 p.m., or as soon thereafter as possible
PLACE OF HEARING:   City of Beaumont City Hall - Council Chambers
                                       550 East 6th Street, Beaumont, California 92223
                                       (951) 769-8520
The City Council of the City of Beaumont will hold a public hearing pursuant to Article XIIID of the California Constitution (commonly referred to as Proposition 218) to consider proposed rate increases for the sewer services provided by the City. The proposed new rates are shown in the attached Exhibit A.

This 45-day notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 6(a) of Article XIIID of the California Constitution. The purpose of this notice is to provide you with information about the proposed increase in the rates charged by the City, and to inform you about your opportunity to protest the rate increase by submitting written protests prior to or during the public hearing.

On October 17, 2017, City Council was briefed on the financial needs of the wastewater system and amendments to the sewer rates pursuant to a Sewer Rate Study prepared by NBS, an independent consulting firm. On November 7, 2017, City Council considered the Sewer Rate Study and directed Staff to send out this notice.

The proposed rate changes are needed to help fund the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Expansion/Renovation and Brine Pipeline Installation Project. The City’s WWTP is currently treating approximately 3.3 million gallons per day (MGD) of the permitted capacity of 4.0 MGD. Per the City’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit, once flows at the WWTP reach 75% of the permitted capacity, the City must begin the planning, design and funding process to expand the plant. In addition to the need for more capacity to serve the City’s growing customer base, the City is mandated by the Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) to upgrade its WWTP to meet groundwater basin objectives. The two mandated upgrades are total dissolved solids (TDS) and nitrogen reductions.  

The expansion will increase the permitted capacity from 4.0 MGD to 6.0 MGD. New treatment processes will be implemented to stay within the plant’s existing property, achieve water quality objectives, and meet build-out flows. The existing WWTP utilizes conventional treatment including gravity filtration and UV disinfection to meet discharge requirements. To meet the TDS reduction requirements, the City will be implementing a reverse osmosis (RO) process. The pretreatment for the RO system will include two stage screening, grit removal, conventional aeration/biological treatment, and a membrane bioreactor process. The system will continue to utilize UV disinfection. The City is also constructing a pipeline that will connect to the Inland Empire Brine Line (IEBL) in San Bernardino to discharge brine that will be treated at Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD).

The proposed rates include an approximate four percent (4.19%) annual revenue increase the first year and an annual seven percent (7%) increase to the sewer rates from 2019 to 2022. If approved, the proposed rates will pay for the City’s costs of operating and maintaining the sewer system and fund a portion of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion/Renovation and Brine Pipeline Installation Project. The proposed rates are scheduled to take effect commencing March 1, 2018 and on each January 1 thereafter, until the last increase on January 1, 2022. Any future rate increases after January 1, 2022 will require a new notice and hearing. 

This notice is being mailed to the property listed on the service bill and to the record owner’s address shown on the last equalized assessment roll if that address is different than the billing or service address. Pursuant to Proposition 218, each rate payer may file a written protest to the rate adjustments and, should more than 50% of the system’s rate payers submit their protests, the rate increase may not be adopted. According to the Proposition, persons responsible for the payment of the sewer charges (which includes owners of real property subject to the charges of renters of such property who actually pay the charges) who wish to protest the increase can send in a written protest to the address below or attend the public hearing on the increases to register their written protest at the hearing. Only one written protest per identified parcel (i.e. address/assessor parcel number) relating to the rate increase will be heard. Written protests must be received prior to or during the public hearing on JANUARY 16, 2018. Any written protests received following the close of the public hearing will not be counted. All written protests must (at a minimum) include the following information to be counted: (a) Address or assessor parcel numbers of property subject to the rate increase, (b) whether the protestor is an owner or a renter and (c) a clear statement protesting a particular rate or rates pursuant to this notice. As established by Proposition 218, oral protests presented at the meeting will be heard but cannot be counted toward the 50% + 1% calculation. No email or other electronic protests will be accepted or counted.  

Any person wishing to protest the increase may submit written protests to the City Clerk’s Office at 550 East 6th Street, Beaumont, California 92223, before or during the public hearing. Any additional information on the increase may be obtained from the City at the phone number and address on the front of this notice. If you challenge this proposal in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing as described in this Public Hearing Notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City Clerk at, or prior to the Public Hearing.

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