By Daniel Thigpen, Stockton Record

STOCKTON – Residents and businesses in Stockton could see their utility bills jump under proposed rate increases before city leaders.

Wastewater fees for single-family homes could increase up to 75 percent over the next five years if the City Council approves the hikes later this month. Also, officials are proposing a new fee toward its stormwater system that would be charged on top of an existing fee.

Officials say the increases are long overdue as costs have risen, regulation has tightened and infrastructure has aged.

Thousands of notices already have gone out to Stockton residents.

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Here’s a great opportunity to share your opinion with City about this:

What: Public hearing on proposed increase in wastewater fees and proposed Clean Water Fee for stormwater system

When: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24

Where: City Council chambers, second floor, City Hall, 425 N. El Dorado St.

More info: Call the city’s rate/fee hot line at (209) 487-0788 or visit