Modesto homeowners will see their monthly sewer bill increase 6 percent in September.
The City Council approved the rate increase at its Tuesday meeting. This means the bill for a single family home will increase from $33.76 to $35.78. Modesto’s other sewer customers — including apartments, restaurants and industry — also will see their bills go up.
The increase approved Tuesday is the second of five annual rate increases of as much as 6 percent each the council authorized last year. Under the full 6 percent increases, a single family home would see its monthly sewer bill increase from $31.92 to $42.45 over the five years.
City officials have said the reasons for the increases include paying for major sewer system infrastructure projects and resolving lawsuits brought against the city by Stanislaus Food Products.
The tomato cannery had claimed Modesto had overcharged it for the use of the city’s cannery segregation line, which handles process water from the city’s canneries. Modesto agreed to study its sewer rates and incorporate the findings in its rates.
Modesto homeowners and others also are paying more for water. The council last year also authorized water rate increases over five years. Under the increases, the monthly water bill for the typical single-family home will rise from $41.77 to as much as $73.71.
Tuesday’s council vote was 6-0. Councilwoman Kristi Ah You was not at the meeting.
Kevin Valine: 209-578-2316