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Most agencies in San Mateo County collect sewer service charges on the tax roll. The only agencies that do not are Burlingame, Brisbane, and Foster City. The City of Millbrae is currently in the process of transitioning sewer service charges to the San Mateo County property tax roll starting July 1, 2023.
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The City currently bills customers via a combined bi-monthly utility bill that includes water and sewer service charges and solid waste charges. This results in a single large bill that customers pay once every two months. The typical single family residential monthly sewer charges are $94.12. Billing through the County property tax roll is anticipated to provide many benefits to both ratepayers and the sewer enterprise fund, including:
In June 2023, the City Council will review and potentially take action on an ordinance that would amend the City Municipal Code to allow the City Council to take future action in 2024 to collect sewer service charges for all parcels in San Bruno on the County property tax bills. The one-year transition period provides time for owners to plan accordingly to transition from bimonthly to biannual payments.
In Spring 2024, the City could initiate the formal process under State law to make this change in who bills for these charges, effective July 1, 2024.
If approved by the City Council in Spring 2024, all San Bruno sewer service customers would be subject to this change billing for services effective July 1, 2024.
Charges collected through the tax roll are the responsibility of the parcel owner, who pays the entire property tax bill. Owners may adjust their mortgage impound account set-asides to include these charges.
If this change is approved by the City Council, tenants of parcels that will have charges collected through the tax roll will not see a sewer service charge on their City of San Bruno utility bill after the transition takes place in July 1, 2024.
Sewer service charges collected through the tax roll will appear on the parcel owner’s tax bill the same way they do for property taxes. Charges are paid in the same manner and at the same time as property taxes. This means property owners will be responsible for paying charges by the due dates listed on their property tax bill.
Sewer service charges collected through the tax roll will be subject to any deadlines or penalties set by the San Mateo County Tax Collector’s Office.
No. Current rates will not increase as a result of collecting charges through the tax roll. The City will continue to follow the same public notification process for adopting rates increases.
Sewer services charges are not tax deductible.
Yes, the City will continue to bill customers for water services.
Sewer service charges collected through the tax roll will not impact the amount of property taxes, but will be added as a separate line item to the total tax bill. As such, the parcel owner will see an increase in the overall tax bill received, as it includes other fixed charges that billed in addition to property taxes.
Yes, City of San Bruno customers may still apply for the discounted sewer rates program established by the City Council that provides a 25% discount in rates for households with certain income limitations.