Sanitation fees increase |

Sanitation fees increase

Tahoe-Truckee Sanitation Agency rates are going up again ” but at a smaller bump than the last time around.

Increasing from $135 to $138, the once-every-six-months change will go into effect July 1. Compared to the previous jump from $108 to $135 at the beginning of 2007, the latest raise reflects normal growth, according to sanitation agency staff.

“The increase is nominal; it’s less than a cost-of-living increase,” said General Manager Marcia Beals.

Beals said service charges pay for the maintenance and operation of the agency’s sewer plant, and will cover those functions in the new $66 million expansion.

She said new development, through one-time $5,000 connection fees, has paid for the facility itself, which has been designed to accommodate growth in the Truckee-Tahoe area through 2015.

The expansion itself is nearing completion, with 98 percent of the work done.

“We are just tying up loose-ends ” we are not at final completion yet, but we will be mostly buttoned up by June 29,” Beals said.

The expansion brings the agency’s wastewater capacity up from 7.4 million gallons of wastewater per day to 9.6 million.

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