Water & Wastewater Rate Study Advisory Committee

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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Members

  • Mario Trinchero, Chair
    Appointment Date: May 24, 2022
    Term Expires: March 7, 2023
  • Walter Nirenberg, Vice Chair
    Appointment Date: May 24, 2022
    Term Expires: March 7, 2023
  • Arlene Corsetti, Committee Member
    Appointment Date: May 24, 2022
    Term Expires: March 7, 2023
  • Sean Maher, Committee Member
    Appointment Date: May 24, 2022
    Term Expires: March 7, 2023
  • Peter McCrea, Committee Member
    Appointment Date: May 24, 2022
    Term Expires: March 7, 2023
  • Garry Rose, Committee Member
    Appointment Date: May 24, 2022
    Term Expires: March 7, 2023
  • Mark Smithers, Committee Member
    Appointment Date: May 24, 2022
    Term Expires: March 7, 2023

Overview

The Water and Wastewater Rate Study Customer Advisory Committee consists of representative group of stakeholders from the community appointed to provide comments and advice on the elements of the study and resulting rate structure. The committee meets on a regular schedule during the rate study to develop a detailed knowledge of the project and to share their relative perspectives, ideas, concerns, and interests. The committee is working to identify areas of common ground and/or consensus to develop recommendations.

Responsibilities of the Water and Wastewater Rate Study Customer Advisory Committee include:

  • Reviewing and confirming financing assumptions and options presented by staff and the consultant for CIP projects in the first five years of the Rate Study, giving due consideration to project prioritization (immediate need, number, and estimated cost) and the proper balance of using cash versus debt.
  • Reviewing and confirming significant financial assumptions in the Study, such as reserves, adequacy of sinking funds, and designated and undesignated fund balances in accordance with generally accepted municipal financial principles.
  • Review findings and recommendations to ensure equitable allocation of costs related to industrial, commercial, and residential users, rate models, and recommend appropriate rates and changes with consideration given to location, setting, special demands, or unique conditions.

Video

Watch a short CIP and Wastewater Study video.

Water & Wastewater Rate Update

The City Council authorized an increase in the rates for Water and Wastewater services following the recommendations from the Water-Wastewater Rate Committee. The resident led rate study had as their primary goals the generation of sufficient revenue to pay for much needed improvements to the systems and yet minimize the rate increases. The increase in Water and Wastewater rates (28% and 50% respectively) will be used to address some of the deferred maintenance backlog totaling $43 million over the next five years and totaling about $30 million during the first two years. While these increases are steep, it should be noted that they were absolutely needed and will generate revenue necessary to address deficiencies that have plagued the systems for many years.

Key Links and Documents:

The City of St. Helena's Utility Department has developed an easy to use calculator to help residents better anticipate the changes to their water and wastewater rates. Use the calculator.