2019 Utility Rate Studies

Learn more about the City of Folsom’s water, wastewater, and solid waste utility rate studies

The City of Folsom is conducting a rate study of all city provided utilities, including water, wastewater, and solid waste. A rate study is a detailed review of the city’s utility costs and the rate structure needed to meet those costs to support the delivery of safe, high-quality, and reliable service.

An independent, third-party financial expert is preparing the City of Folsom’s rate study. The rate study includes an in-depth look at current revenues, operation and maintenance costs, capital investment plans, current and future staffing levels, unfunded state mandates, regulatory requirements, and reserves.

The goal of the rate study is to develop utility rates that:

  • Reflect the cost of providing the utility services
  • Proportionally allocate costs across the customer base
  • Maintain fiscal resiliency
  • Allow the City of Folsom to comply with current and unfunded federal and state mandates
  • Are simple to understand
  • Allow the City of Folsom to provide safe, high-quality, and reliable service to the community
  • Allow for timely capital reinvestment in the aging Solid Waste collection vehicle fleet

Monthly water, wastewater, and solid waste rates paid by customers are the primary source of revenue for the City of Folsom’s Water, Wastewater, and Solid Waste Divisions. The City of Folsom has not adjusted solid waste rates since 2003, wastewater rates since 2008, and water rates since 2011. The Rate Study recommends that the City of Folsom increase utility rates so that the city’s revenues received from customers can fund the operating and capital expenses of each utility.

Additional Information

Water, Wastewater, and Solid Waste Rate Study Report, August 27, 2019
Water and Wastewater Rate Study Presentation
Solid Waste Rate Study Presentation
Solid Waste Rate Study Recommended Scenario
August 27, 2019 Public Workshop Video 
Draft: Water Revenue Requirement Analysis Summary, August 20, 2019
Draft: Wastewater Revenue Requirement Analysis Summary, August 20, 2019

Public Workshops

City of Folsom staff presented the initial findings of the utility rate study at a public workshop held during the regularly scheduled August 27 City Council Meeting. The workshop included a discussion on the rate structures for each utility, and a summary of the input received from the City of Folsom Utility Commission. The City Council received information about the initial rate study findings, requested additional time to review the findings and recommendations in more detail and directed staff to bring the information back to City Council on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 for further discussion and direction to staff.

Utility Rate Study Presentation
Tuesday, September 10
City Council Meeting, 6:30 p.m.
50 Natoma Street
Folsom, CA 95630

Submit your Feedback

The City of Folsom welcomes its customers’ input and encourages public participation in the workshops. Comments may be submitted by email or mail. 

City of Folsom
c/o Rate Study
50 Natoma Street
Folsom CA 95630

Contact – Water and Wastewater
Marcus Yasutake, Environmental and Water Resources Director

Contact - Solid Waste
Dave Nugen, Public Works Director