Public hearing on utility budget |

Public hearing on utility budget

Patrick McCartney

The public will have a chance to review the South Tahoe Public Utility District’s $24.8 million proposed budget at a hearing tonight in South Lake Tahoe.

District directors and staff will be on hand to explain the spending plan, which includes $17.5 million for sewer services and $7.3 million for water service.

Customers will be asked to shoulder a 3.5 percent rate increase for both services, raising the quarterly sewer rate by $2.23 and the quarterly water rate by $2.95.

The sewer rate increase is the first proposed increase since 1991, and is intended to pay the district’s share of a $34 million project to replace a 27-mile pipeline that carries treated wastewater out of the Tahoe Basin to Alpine County.

Last year, the district’s directors waived the first year of a planned six-year rate adjustment, citing the economic hardship caused by two extended closures of U.S. Highway 50 following the New Year’s Day flood.

The water rate increase is the fourth out of a six-year rate adjustment the board approved to pay for infrastructure improvements.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the City Council Chambers, 1900 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

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