The City of Solvang will be holding a public hearing on June 13 at 6:30 pm at City Hall (1644 Oak St.) to consider increases to water and wastewater rates for the fiscal years 2022-23 through 2026-27. Related documents are available here.
Written protests to proposed rate increases may be submitted by a property owner or tenant directly responsible for payment of water and/or sewer fees. Only one protest per identified parcel will be counted. Written protests to proposed rate increases must be delivered in person or by mail prior to the conclusion of the Public Hearing on June 13, 2022 to the City of Solvang, Attn: City Clerk, 1644 Oak Street, Solvang CA 93436. Protests submitted electronically will not be accepted as written protests. Regardless of mailing date, all written protests must be received by the City Clerk prior to the close of the public hearing to be accepted.
The City of Solvang, in partnership with HDR Engineering, has conducted a comprehensive review of its water and wastewater rates, which were last modified in 2016. The rate study documents can be accessed at the following links, and may also be obtained in person at City Hall (1644 Oak St.):
City of Solvang - 2021 Water Rate Study Final Draft Report - 4-28-2022
City of Solvang - 2021 Wastewater Rate Study Final Draft Report - 4-28-2022
For additional information, please refer to other water/wastewater rate study materials and presentations from the City over the past six months:
- A Proposition 218 mailer notice was sent in late April to all City of Solvang residents. The mailer notice can be viewed here.
- A presentation was given at the 3/14/2022 City Council Meeting. Slides from the 3/14/22 presentation are available here. Additionally, video from the presentation can be viewed (beginning at the 1:18:00 timestamp) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJVJwmgwi5M
- The City hosted a Community Workshop on 2/12/2022 at the Veteran's Hall. Slides from the 2/12/22 Community meeting are available here and the event video can be accessed at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLjgyspsFpQ
- An introductory presentation was held at the 11/22/2021 City Council Meeting. Slides from the 11/22/21 presentation are available here. Additionally, video from the presentation can be viewed (beginning at the 2:28:30 timestamp) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNxwuyLtgLE
For additional questions, please call 805-688-5575 or email CityHall@CityofSolvang.com.