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Davenport County Sanitation District (DCSD)

Service Charges

Current Rates (Effective 07/01/18)

Revenues to operate the Davenport County Sanitation District are collected yearly from residents, businesses and schools that are connected to the sanitary sewer system through property taxes and manual bills. Sewer service rates are established through hearings held with the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors.

Using information supplied by District staff, the rates are reviewed each year by an independent engineering firm which specializes in revenue studies for utility districts and are subject to final approval by the Board. Before the rates are set, a notice of public hearing is mailed to all owners of property within the Sanitation District boundaries, another notice is published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, and the public hearing is held. The public hearing is normally scheduled in April or May of each year, with the rates becoming effective on the first of July. Customers are encouraged to participate in the public hearings and can send written comments to the attention of the District Engineer.

Please select a topic from the dropdown menu below for more information about residential rates, commercial rates, and how these rates are affected by wastewater strengths.

Residential Rates: Residential customers are charged a flat rate for sewer and a flat rate for water per dwelling uni

Commercial Rates: Charges for commercial customers are based on the volume and pollutant strength of the wastewater being treated. Our rate structure is a two‐part rate which includes a flat annual charge per business space or suite, whether vacant or occupied, plus a composite volume rate which is based on each tenant's user category and the total annual water use

The volume of wastewater is determined from records of water usage as metered by the Davenport Water Facility. Due to the lead time involved in getting the yearly sewer charges placed on the County property tax statements, the current fiscal year's charges are based on water use and strength factors from the previous calendar year.

Water use for the purpose of calculating the service charge is measured from January through December of the previous year (for example: for tax year 2016/17 the water use will be from January through December 2015). The sewer service charge for this period is placed on the property tax bill.

The following is an example of a typical 2016/17 restaurant service charge calculation if we assume that that restaurant used 560 HCF (hundred cubic feet) of water in the calendar year 2015:

Sewer: (560 HCF x $18.71) + $766.86 = $11,244.46
Water: (560 HCF x $9.63) + $415.70 = $5,808.50

Commercial Renting and Leasing: Due to the lag in billing, commercial customers who rent or lease their property should carefully consider how sewer service charges are addressed in the lease or rental agreement. Changes in tenants with different demands for water or that have different wastewater strength will affect the yearly service charge. A landlord may not become aware of potential changes in service charges until well after tenant changes have occurred. All sewer service charges are billed to the property owner. Property owners are responsible for paying the charges whether or not they are able to collect from their tenants.