Public Hearing: Collection of Wet Weather Facilities Charge on Property Tax Rolls

The EBMUD Board of Directors will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 1:15 p.m., or as soon thereafter, to consider the adoption of a resolution ordering the collection of the Wet Weather Facilities Charge on the property tax roll. 

In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order N-08-21 which suspends portions of the Brown Act, this meeting will be conducted remotely via Zoom and will be accessible to the public by internet or telephone.  A physical location will not be provided for this meeting.

If Executive Order N-29-20 is rescinded or public health directives change after this notice is mailed, EBMUD may conduct the public hearing with members of the public physically present if consistent with legal requirements. The public may participate in the hearing virtually or by telephone in any event. Any update to the public participation information will be posted before the hearing at www.ebmud.com/wwfc

Meeting information 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://ebmud.zoom.us/j/97065086667?pwd=eUdZSGh5SG82akZiRDF2UDg2b0IyUT09

NOTE: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the Office of the Secretary at (510) 287-0404. Notification 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the District to make reasonable arrangements to assure meeting access.

Notice is further given that pursuant to Health and Safety Code section 5473, the District has prepared and filed with the Secretary of the District a report containing a description of each parcel of real property receiving wastewater service that is subject to collection of the Wet Weather Facilities Charge on the property tax roll, and the amount of the charge for each parcel for the year. The applicable Wet Weather Facilities Charge for each parcel is computed in conformance with the schedule of rates and charges in Resolution No. 35224-21, adopted by the Board of Directors on June 8, 2021, establishing the water and wastewater systems’ schedules of rates and charges subject to Proposition 218, including the Wet Weather Facilities Charge for the Fiscal Year commencing July 1, 2021.

Resolution No. 35224-21, the report, and rates schedules are available and may be obtained from the Office of the Secretary.

FY22 Wet Weather Facilities Charge

The Wet Weather Facilities Charge (WWFC) was established in 1987 (Resolution No. 31890) to recover the ongoing capital costs of implementing the District’s wet weather program. The program provides storage, conveyance, and treatment facilities for the excess wastewater flows that enter the sewer collection system during wet weather in order to prevent the release of untreated wastewater to San Francisco Bay.

The WWFC funds capital expenses associated with wet weather flows, including maintenance, replacement and rehabilitation of the District’s wet weather facilities. The WWFC is assessed on every developed parcel within the boundaries of EBMUD’s Special District No. 1 (Wastewater Service Area) that has a connection to a community sewer collection system.

The WWFC is billed annually in two stages, first on taxable parcels and later on tax-exempt parcels (mainly public agencies). The charge on taxable parcels is billed on property tax bills through the Tax Collectors’ offices in the counties of Alameda and Contra Costa. While not a tax, the WWFC is collected on property tax bills under agreements with the counties of Alameda and Contra Costa in order to separate it from regular sewage treatment charges. For tax-exempt properties, that do not receive tax bills, the charge is billed during the April to June billing periods directly to the exempt property owner by the District. Customers on taxable properties whom the District is unable to charge via tax roll are also billed by the District at the same time as exempt parcels.

FY22 Wet Weather Facilities Charge rates:

Lot Size

FY22 Wet Weather Facilities Charge

Small Lot (0-5,000 sq ft)

$120.34

Medium Lot (5,001-10,000 sq ft)

$187.98

Large Lot (>10,000 sq ft)

$429.62

Filing a protest

Written protests may be mailed before the hearing to EBMUD, Cathy Humphrey, MS 702, PO Box 24055, Oakland, CA 94623-1055 or delivered before the close of the public comment portion of the public hearing to the EBMUD PAYMENT drop box outside the front entrance at 375 11th Street, Oakland, CA. All written protests must be received by EBMUD prior to the conclusion of the public comment portion of the public hearing. Protests by fax, email, or other electronic means will not be accepted as formal written protests. Written protests must include the location of the identified parcel (by street address, or assessor’s parcel number) and include the name and signature of the property owner submitting the protest. 

Protest Form

Document Type Size
Protest Form 2021 PDF <1 MB

Contact 

For any questions, please contact Principal Management Analyst Cathy Humphrey at 510-287-1983 or email at catherine.humphrey@ebmud.com.