Utility Rates

The City of Del Mar is considering rate adjustments for water, wastewater, and clean water services.

Costs to provide water, wastewater, and clean water services rise annually.  Since 2007, the City’s cost to buy imported water has doubled.  Rising costs for energy and infrastructure construction and maintenance, as well as the cost for personnel to operate the systems (not only in Del Mar, but statewide) impact the cost to provide these services in a safe and reliable manner. 

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A significant portion of the City’s cost to provide utility services are external costs, meaning they are charged to Del Mar by other agencies and the City of Del Mar has minimal ability to control them.  For example, the City of Del Mar buys 100% of its water supply from the San Diego County Water Authority; Del Mar has minimal ability to control the cost of raw water, which has more than doubled since 2007.  Likewise, the City of San Diego currently treats Del Mar’s wastewater; the City has minimal ability to influence how much San Diego charges for those services.
On Monday, November 17, 2014, at 6:00pm, the Del Mar City Council will hold a Public Hearing regarding proposed water, wastewater, and clean water rates and to consider all written protests against the proposed rate increases.  The new rates, if adopted, will take effect on or after January 1, 2015.  Interested parties are invited to attend.  The meeting will take place in the Del Mar Communications Center, located at 240 10th Street, Del Mar.

A notification regarding the proposed rates was sent on October 1, 2014 to all water, wastewater, and clean water customers, as well as all property owners of record.  Notice of Public Hearing

An owner or tenant of property receiving City water, wastewater, and/or clean water service may protest the proposed increased service charges by submitting a written protest by mail or in person to the City Clerk, 1050 Camino del Mar, Del Mar, CA, 92014.  Written protests must be received (not postmarked) by the City Clerk before or during the Public Hearing.  Any protest submitted by e-mail or other electronic means will not be accepted.  

The protest must be signed by property owner(s) or tenant(s) and must include the assessor’s parcel number(s) or street address(es) of all property(ies) served.  Only one written protest per parcel or property will be counted for purposes of determining whether there is a majority protest.

Resources:

City Council Agenda Report – November 17, 2014 – Public Hearing
City Council Agenda Report – September 2, 2014 – Proposed Rates

City Council Agenda Report – March 3, 2014 – Water Rates
City Council Agenda Report – March 17, 2014 – Wastewater Rates
City Council Agenda Report – March 17, 2014 – Clean Water Rates
For more information, please call (858) 755-9313 x132.