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.
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, May 15, 2015 at 8:00 A.M.
Availability of Service Statements
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.
What is an "AOS" Fee?
Beginning January 1 2015, the District will charge the annual AOS fee in the amount of $150 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 $150 by March 1.
The first 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 fees are charged semi-annually with the first payment being due on March 1, 2015 and the second payment being due on September 1, 2015. 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.
Resolution No. 2014-11-06
THIRD AMENDED AND RESTATED RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF BACA GRANDE WATER AND SANITATION DISTRICT
CONCERNING THE IMPOSTITION OF VARIOUS FEES, RATES, TOLLS, PENALTIES AND CHARGES FOR WATER AND SEWER SERVICES AND FACILITIES
BGWSD Board Reviews Accomplishments and Begins 2015 PlanningBy Judy Deluca & Cindy Reinhardt, Directors
The Baca Grande Water & Sanitation District Board, along with management staff and consultants, held a day-long special meeting on October 8 to review the District’s 2014 accomplishments and begin work on plans and budget for 2015.
This year, the District has completed its annual fire hydrant maintenance program and sewer collection system cleaning along with routine system maintenance and dealt with a major failure of pump motors at the main well complex in July. Upon touring the District’s facilities and learning more about the systems and regulatory requirements to keep taps flowing, the Board’s newest member, Judy Deluca, declared “It’s a daunting task.”
It’s costly too. And, like other expenses, those costs are rising. The Board learned that the cost of chemicals to treat wastewater at the Aspen treatment plant doubled in 2014. These and other rising costs along with debt service and reserve requirements, plus another decline in property values, are key factors that will drive the 2015 budget.
Recognizing that 2015 is a critical year for the District to address long term financial health as well as deferred maintenance needs, District Manager, Lisa Johnson presented scenarios for controlling costs. These include reducing both operating costs and consultant fees, with more responsibility being shifted to the local staff and streamlining meetings. “My primary responsibility is the District’s financial health, and a part of that health means reducing my fees and supporting the local staff to be confident in taking on more responsibility,” she said.
As a part of the budget workshop, the team reviewed revenue projections, including increasing water and sewer service fees as well as the mill levy. “These are not easy or popular choices,” said Board President Cindy Reinhardt, “but the District’s financial health requires it. We have an aging, geographically spread out system with a limited customer and taxpayer base to share in the costs. That is the balancing act that we must engage in, and always, our ability to provide service now and in the future, must be our priority.”
Continuing to seek grant funding and reaching out to tax exempt organizations to secure agreements for Payments In Lieu of Taxes are also being considered for the coming year.
With several capital projects completed or nearing completion this year, the Board began to look ahead to 2015 capital projects. With infrastructure needs far exceeding the approximate $1 million dollars in bond funds and grants currently available, priorities will be reviewed as a part of the budget process.
We encourage District residents to attend the regular meeting and budget hearing on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8:00am at the District office, 57 Baca Grant Way South. A draft budget will be available on the District’s web site (www.bacawater.com) prior to the meeting.
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.
2015 Transparency Notice
2014 Adopted Budget
Please note that the District office is closed 12:30-1:30 daily for lunch.