Making Sense of Your Bill
An annual Sewer Service Charge (SSC) is placed on your Santa Barbara County property tax statement. The charge appears on the tax statement as a line item listed as CARP SAN DIST SVC CHG. The SSC is not a property tax and is not related to the assessed value of your property. It represents a charge for a service provided, similar to your phone, gas or electric bill. It is included on your property tax statement to save the administrative cost of generating and mailing our own invoices.
All residential customers pay a flat annual charge for sewer service. Non-residential customers are charged a variable rate based on the average volume and strength of wastewater discharged annually.
* includes 90% return to sewer factor
The methodology used to calculate Sewer Service Charge is presented in detail in ORDINANCE NO. 12
Residentialper dwelling unit
(Single Family Houses, Condominiums, Mobile Homes, Apartments, and other residential dwelling units)
Non-Residentialper thousand gallons of water per year*
Strength Classes (combined BOD and TSS)
less than 380 mg/L
380 to 500 mg/L
501 to 710 mg/L
711 to 1100 mg/L
1101 to 1700 mg/L
over 1700 mg/L
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