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.
2014 Budget Tops November BGWSD AgendaFaced with a loss in tax revenue of almost $61,000 as a result of the decrease in assessed valuation of property within the District, an aging infrastructure requiring on-going maintenance and repairs, as well as the need for capital improvements, District staff and Board approached the 2014 budget process with the priorities of maintaining systems’ reliability and having a solid financial foundation long term.
In the end, after much discussion and review of several alternative scenarios, the Board voted to increase the mill levy from 46 to 48 mills, monthly water and sewer rates by $2 per month for each of these services, and Availability of Service Fees by $10 per year.
Despite increases in costs for utilities, insurance, and materials for maintenance and repairs, the budget for operations expenses represents only a three percent increase over actual 2013 expenditures. Staff and Board will review expenses again in January in an effort to identify areas that may be cut without jeopardizing future stability. The District will also continue to review the assessed values in cooperation with other taxing authorities such as the Library District to be sure that all properties that should be on the tax roll are as accurate as possible. The mill levy increase will recoup approximately $30,000 of the revenue lost by the decrease in assessed value. A review of 14 random properties showed that most property owners whose property values declined will still see a decrease in their taxes. While there will be exceptions for properties with significant increases in assessed value, most properties that experience an increase will range from $4 to $42 per year.
The monthly water and sewer rate increase is projected to add approximately $34,000 in revenue. The AOS increase is estimated to add $8,000 in revenue. Combined, the three increases recoup the estimated loss of tax revenue and allow the District to add to reserve fund balances for emergency needs in the future.
“No board member wants to raise taxes or fees,” said Vicki Matthews, Board President. “But, this Board is committed not only to this year, but to provide future financial stability and the ability to fund needed capital projects.”
Before voting on the budget and fee increases, Director Kyle Grote asked the audience for their input. The three members of the public in attendance, indicated that they agreed with the proposed budget and increases.
Long-time observer, Michael Scully, said “I don’t see how the District can operate (the water and sewer systems) for less than $100 per customer per month.” Asked later, he shared that the comment was meant light-heartedly rather than as an exact figure, but that, having observed board meetings for many years, he is impressed with District operations.
In addition to the operations budget, the Board also adopted a Capital Projects budget for the remaining bond funds. The budget of $769,078 includes water meter replacement, leak detection and repair, Motel Well improvements, sewage lift station upgrades, water main line redundancy in high risk areas, and heavy equipment replacement.
You can view and download the Adopted Budget here...
BGWSD Board MeetingsRegular 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, December 13, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.
2013 Consumer Confidence Report (for Calendar Year 2012)The Baca Grande Water and Sanitation District is pleased to present to you this year's water quality report. 2013 CCR
What is an "AOS" Fee?Availability of Service or "AOS" fees are charged on unimproved property if the property has infrastructure for water and sewer service within 100 feet of the property.
Begining January 1 2014, the District will charge the annual AOS fee in the amount of $140 per year, per lot. The fees will be due semi-annually with the first payment being due on March 1 and the second payment being due on September 1. You can of course pay the full amount of $140 by March 1.
2013 Special District Transparency Notice
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]