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A public entity utility lien is placed against properties that have outstanding delinquent user fees for services that were provided from Vallejo Flood and Wastewater District prior to July 1, 2017.
A lien release is a type of legal document stating that the debtor has sufficiently paid off their debts and is no longer subject to a property lien. Release of lien forms are legal documents that are notarized.
To obtain a lien release you must have sufficiently paid off the debt(s). The District will provide to you a lien release document upon request and verification that debt(s) have been received for lien placed against property. You must request lien releases to receive them. The District does not automatically send them. The District will release all liens fully collected on property taxes at no additional charge to the customer.
Property lien removal process:
The Solano County Assessor-Recorder’s office charges an applicable fee to record each Release of Utility Lien. For additional information and/or questions, please contact Customer Service at 707-644-8976 or via email Billing.
As of July 1, 2017, Vallejo Flood and Wastewater District changed its method of billing. Your annual sewer and storm drain fees now appear on your property tax bill, which occur once a year. (Note: Some property owners choose to pay in two installments.) Your property taxes, which now include your sewer and storm drain fees, should be paid directly to Solano County.
Solano County will mail the property tax bill to your property address. To view your Property Tax bill online, please visit the Solano County Treasurer/Tax Collector/County Clerk website. Enter your assessment number or property address to view your bill. Look for the line item "7811 Annual Sewer and Storm Fee."
Your monthly payment, which includes your mortgage, your property tax as an impound account, and any other existing charges, will increase by the annual amount of the sewer/storm water bill. Since your mortgage company has established an impound account, they will receive your property tax bill and update your mortgage payment amount accordingly. Please keep in mind that our service charge is not a tax.
Residential rates are a flat rate. Non-Residential rates are based on Winter Quarter Average water consumption usage provided by the City of Vallejo Water Department. There is no meter or measurement of sewer usage. The rate is based on the overall infrastructure and services available to the property and not by size of home or occupancy.
We do offer a Reduced Rate Program.
The District does not allow provisions for vacancies. If the property is connected to the sewer system, charges are applicable.
Sewer rate increases went into effect in 2018 so that we can repair and replace aging sewer pipes, pumps, and other infrastructure at the wastewater treatment plant, pump stations, and the pipes that bring your wastewater to the treatment plant. Please visit the Understand Wastewater Rates page on our website for more information about these important improvements.
On June 12, 2018, the District’s Board of Trustees approved a 5-year sewer service charge rate increase in order to repair and replace aging sewer pipes, pumps and other infrastructure at the wastewater treatment plant and pump stations. Please visit our website at www.VallejoWastewater.org to view the rate information.
The District offers Reduced Rate Program for qualifying residential customers, which offers a 17.5% (FY2021) reduction from standard residential wastewater rates. Current participation in PG&E’s CARE Program is required. To apply, fill out a Reduced Rate Program Application and submit with your most recent PG&E bill. You may apply for the PG&E CARE program at www.pge.com/care.
The District no longer prepares payoff demands. As of July 1, 2017, the annual sewer and storm drain user fees are billed on the Property Tax bill. However, if there are liens against the property, you will need to clear the title by requesting a Release of Lien document. Request for Release of Lien Form
If the lien has been paid (satisfied), you will need to request a lien release from the District and file with the County to clear the lien from the property title. Please complete the following Request for Release of Lien Form or call us at 707-644-8976 to request your "Release of Utility lien." Once requested, please allow seven (7) business days for processing.
As of July 1, 2017, the annual sewer and storm drain fees were transferred to the property tax bill. There are no fees directly owed to our office. The annual sewer and storm drain fees are paid with your property tax bill every year.
The District will take the information and update our system, however, the billing is parcel-based via property tax bill. To provide this information, please call 707-644-8976 during regular business hours.
In March 2018, a wastewater cost of service study was done which involved a comprehensive review of the District’s wastewater rate structure and long-range financial plan, and the calculation of cost of service based on the wastewater rates and connection fees. As one result of the study, Commercial customers were reclassified to better reflect cost of service principles and align with industry standards.
The structure remains the same, with Commercial I, Commercial II, and Commercial III customers. Commercial IV customers are significant users and are monitored individually and are their own class. The classifications are based on combined BOD (biochemical oxygen demand) and TSS (total suspended solids) strength in milligrams per liter (mg/L). To view the wastewater cost of service study report, please view the 2018 Wastewater Rate Study (PDF) on the Understand Wastewater Rates page on our website
For more information on the District’s efforts to protect our community’s health, safety, and waterways, explore our website or call 707-644-8976. You can also write to us through the Contact Us form.
If so, chances are good that we’ll need to get to it at some point to perform maintenance. Keep manholes and cleanouts (small cement boxes or cylinders) clear of debris and landscaping for ease of access. If you have a utility structure in your yard and don’t know what it is, call our Field Operations Department at 707-644-8949, ext. 1702. View photo examples that show a cleanout that is covered by landscaping (PNG) and a cleanout that is properly exposed (PNG).
An easement is a legal statute granting utility workers access to your yard for needed improvements or maintenance. It means that you own your property, but there are restrictions that may prevent placing a structure in a certain area of your yard. If you are wondering if there is an easement on your property, check your property title. District engineers can help you determine which part of your property is affected. You can reach them by calling 707-644-8949, ext. 1100.
If we need to do preventive maintenance on the manhole or cleanout in your yard, we will leave a hanger on your front door asking you to call us so we can make an appointment to access your property at a time that is convenient to you. If you have a pet, you will be asked to secure it prior to the appointment.
In an emergency, we may need to access your yard without an appointment, but we will make every effort to contact you to let you know what is happening. If we can’t reach you, and access your yard to perform emergency work on the structure in your yard, we will leave a door hanger describing what was done and giving you a contact number in case you have further questions.