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Tonight: Board may hike sewer rates 9 percent

Citing needed maintenance to the sewer system and waste-water treatment plant, the West Bay Sanitary District proposes to increase sewer rates by 9 percent as of July 1. The district's governing board will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, to consider the proposal.

The district serves Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley and areas of Woodside, East Palo Alto, and unincorporated San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

The increase would echo the 9 percent increases that went into effect in 2012 and 2013 and that are projected for 2015 and 2016, according to District Manager Phil Scott.

Most of the new funds would be used to continue paying off bonds and low-interest loans for replacing pumps and mains feeding the treatment plant in Redwood City.

A new 63-inch-diameter main going in near Bair Island is part of this project.

For all but 60 homes in Portola Valley, the current $820 annual residential rate would rise to $893. The $1,042 rate in parts of Portola Valley would rise to $1,136. Non-residential rates would also rise proportionately.

To protest this rate increase, property owners must submit signed complaints in writing that include the property's address and assessor's parcel number. The board meets at 500 Laurel St. in Menlo Park.

Dave Boyce

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