Baca Grande Water & Sanitation District’s (BGWSD) mission is to provide high quality, reliable, water supply and environmentally responsible treatment of wastewater with a commitment to service excellence for the well-being of the community in the most efficient and economical manner.
Please note that the District office will be closed 12:30-1:30 daily for lunch.
BGWSD Board Meetings
Regular meetings of the Board of Directors of the Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District, are typically held on the third Friday of each month, at 8:00 a.m., at 57 Baca Grant Way South. The next meeting of the Board of Directors is scheduled for Friday, August 15, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.
Availability of Service Statements
The second half of the annual billing for the Availability of Service (“AOS”) fees has gone out to all vacant land owners that have availability of service. The annual AOS fee is $140 per year, per lot. The fees are charged semi-annually with the first payment being due on March 1, 2014 and the second payment being due on September 1, 2014. The semi-annual due dates were put in place to allow customers the flexibility to pay the annual amount in two installments.
The District has 65 miles of distribution system and 45 miles of collection system lines designed to provide 2360 lots water and sewer service. Regardless of each lot owner’s decision to connect to the system, the capital infrastructure provides a benefit through its availability to the lot and lot values are enhanced as a result of this availability. The AOS fee is specifically used to repay debt incurred for capital infrastructure which has been financed by the District. Although customers paying the AOS fee are not connected to the capital infrastructure, the cost of the capital infrastructure must be appropriately distributed among those who are connected and receiving service, and those who are receiving the benefit of the availability to receive water and sewer service.
June Board Meeting UpdateNew Officers and 2013 Audit Highlight May Board Meeting
By BGWSD Board of Directors
With the election completed, the Baca Grande Water and Sanitation Board turned to the election of officers for 2014-2015. Outgoing President, Vicki Matthews, was named Board Secretary. Martin Macaulay continues as Vice President. Cindy Reinhardt was elected to serve as Board President; Michael Scully, Treasurer; and Kyle Grote, Assistant Secretary.
Independent Auditor, Eric Barnes of Wagner Barnes & Griggs, PC reviewed his draft findings for the 2013 audit with the Board. In bottom-lining his findings, Barnes said that he is issuing a “clean” audit, quoting the draft report, he said “In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the respective financial position of the governmental activities, the business-type activities, and each major fund of the District, as of December 31, 2013, and the respective changes in financial position and, where applicable, cash flows thereof and the budgetary comparison for the general fund for the year then ended in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.”
Barnes noted that the District’s revenue from services (water, sewer, and AOS fees) does not cover the cost of providing these services, a concern that the Board looks at as a part of each budget cycle. According to District Manager, AJ Beckman, this is not unusual in small rural districts. Property taxes are the primary additional revenue source, and they spread the cost among all property owners.
In other business, the Board approved an agreement with Shumei International Institute granting Shumei a variance from water and sewer service on a 187 acre parcel. Shumei’s present plans include construction of three cabins and a garden. With the variance, the garden will be watered with non-treated water. In return, Shumei formalized its agreement to pay an annual payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) on its main campus property as well as on the 187 acre parcel. Board President Reinhardt noted that “the Board and Shumei worked hard to create an agreement that is good for the District in terms of Shumei’s commitment to the annual PILOT and for Shumei in terms of honoring their commitment to natural agriculture. It was truly a collaborative effort.”
The Board also approved a sewer main replacement project on Alpine Overlook and heard updates on projects including the 2014 Biosolids Land Application Project and the status of the Water Distribution System Improvements Project which will go out for bids in June.
The June Board meeting will be held on Friday, June 20 at 8am, at the District Office, 57 Baca Grant Way South. And, as always, visit the District’s website www.bacawater.com for more District information.
2014 Consumer Confidence Report (for Calendar Year 2013)The Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District is pleased to present this year's water quality report.
2014 Transparency Notice
2014 Adopted Budget
Rate IncreaseThere will be a $2.00 increase each for water and sewer services. Beginning January 1, 2014, the base rate for 4000 gallons of water will be $25.00, plus sewer at $25.00.
The annual Availability of Service (AOS) charge will see a $10.00 increase. The annual AOS fee will now be $140.00 billed out in two parts, the first billing of $70 will be due March 1, with the remaining $70 due September 1. The AOS fee is only assessed on unimproved property that has water and sewer service lines running within 100 feet of the property.
Corrosion Control StudyThe 2012 Corrosion Control Study for the Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District is now available for download. You will need Acrobat Reader to download this file.
Corrosion Control Study [10mb file]