The Tracy City Council unanimously approved a $3 increase to sewer rates on Tuesday, Aug. 20, for occupants of single-family homes.
The increase is expected to raise the average monthly bill for a single-family home, now $31, to $34, according to the city’s public works department.
The increase, which should last two years, will take effect in 30 days, according to the public works department.
Steve Bayley, a public works project specialist, told council members during a presentation on July 16 that an increase — the first since 2006 — is needed to fund the construction of a $25 million outflow pipeline that will deliver treated wastewater north from Tracy to Old River in Lathrop.
More than half of the cost, about $14 million, will be covered by the rate increase.
Developer fees collected by the city will cover the remaining $11 million.
The 3.5-mile pipeline — which will be able to handle 16 million gallons a day and is expected to last 60 to 80 years — is critical, because will be the only way to discharge the city’s wastewater, according to Bayley.
The existing pipeline, which carries about 9 million gallons of wastewater a day, is more than 40 years old and is showing signs of its age.
There was no discussion by council members before the roll-call vote.
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