Paso Robles City Council increases sewer rates by 63%

The Paso Robles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to raise sewer rates by approximately 60% for average users over the next four years.

The City Council approved a phased-in approach, with sewer rates increasing by 24% on July 1 and then by 8% on April 1 of 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025. The average monthly residential sewer bill will rise from its current level of $46.80 to $58.20 on July 1. By April 2025, the average sewer bill in Paso Robles would rise to $76.38.

The rate hike is slated to help pay the costs of infrastructure projects including a $47.2 million wastewater treatment plant upgrade, a $14.4 million recycled water facility and $9.7 million in sewer system upgrades.

After the council endorsed the rate hike in February, ratepayers had an opportunity to mount a majority protest in order to upend the sewer bill increases. However, the city received only 448 protests of the 5,174 required to overturn the increase.