Here is the link for the board package for our Special Helix Water District Board Meeting:
SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 6 PM
7811 University Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91942-0427
As requested by the Director McMillan and supported by the Board at our February 15th board meeting, this meeting was scheduled to discuss the possibility of a water rate decrease.
From page 5 - Detailed review of costs, staffing and revenue:
District staff reviewed revenue, operating and capital expenditures through February 2017 to estimate where they might end the fiscal year versus budget. As a result of that work, staff was able to estimate that the district could potentially end fiscal year 2016-17 with $2.1 million higher operating reserve than budgeted. The main driver of this amount is from a $1 million savings in the water purchases budget resulting from local runoff received and captured from local rains. The remaining amounts come from higher other revenue of $0.5 million, higher than anticipated capacity fees of $0.4 million and lower operating costs totaling $0.3 million. The district is also at $0.3 million higher in water billings versus budget through March 2017, however, given the high level of winter rains and considering February 2017 ended the month 24 percent below budget on water billings, staff is hesitant to assume that the district will end the fiscal year higher than budgeted water billings.
The report continues on and shows graphs of a decrease of 2% and 5% how that would affect our future water rates (I am unsure if they consider the $2.1 million reserve increase in the graphs). The graph shows an out of cycle rate change, would simply follow with a larger rate increase the following year.
The conclusion is stated on page 15, which results in suggestion on any rate changes to wait till the next 2017-18 budget development.
Should be an interesting Board discussion.
Here is an article in the East County Magazine regarding the meeting for Wednesday:
HELIX WATER BOARD STAFF ADVISES AGAINST LOWERING RATES: MEETING MARCH 8
East County Magazine
March 6, 2017 (La Mesa) – Helix Water District's board will hold a special meeting on March 8 at 6 p.m. to consider a proposal by newly elected board ...
Here is an interesting general article on water rates.
Nearly 14 million U.S. households struggle to afford water services & number is growing. Americas Hidden Water Affordability Crisis
Please JOIN ME on a TOUR of our Helix Water District RM Levy Water Treatment Plant! Rare open to the public event!
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:30am. You’ll see each step of the treatment process, from the control room to the chemistry lab to the ozonation facility. The tour is the next session of Helix Water Talks, our new series tours and discussions to give customers an inside look at how we provide a safe and reliable water supply – from the science and engineering to the policies and operations.
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Reserve up to two spots on the tour at hwd.com/events/helix-water-talks/.
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Per the request of the Helix Water District Board on May 16, 2012, the following language is to be added by all Board Directors in all outgoing Director correspondence. "This correspondence, and any documents attached hereto, reflects the individual opinions and positions of the above-named Director and does not represent the opinions or positions of the District's Board of Directors or the District. Pursuant to Section 9.1-11(A) of the Helix Water District Policies and Procedures Manual, individual Directors, except as otherwise authorized by the Board, shall have no power to act for the District or the District's Board of Directors."
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