Here is the board package link for our Helix Water District Board Meeting:
REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 5 p.m.
7811 University Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91942
Interesting Agenda Items:
Item 5. PRESENTATION: The Board Receive a Presentation by the San Diego County Water Authority: 75 Years of Water Supply Reliability
Item 11 Time Certain 5:20 p.m.
Item 11 (page 94) The Board Conduct a Public Hearing regarding the State Mandated Public Health Goals Report on Water Quality. See report.
NOTE: PHGs are non-enforceable goals established by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. The only constituent that we have that exceeds the public health goal of zero is radiological constituents, gross alpha and uranium. However, we do not exceed the state and federal maximum contaminant level that are set to protect public health. If we were to remove the radiological constituent to zero, it would cost over $18,000,000 a year, thus, no action is required of Helix.
Item 17 Time Certain 6:00 p.m.
Item 17 (page 127) Water Rates – The Board Adopt Resolution 19-42 Adjusting the Schedule of Rates for the Fiscal Year 2019-20 Water Service Fees and Amending Section 2.12-2(B) of the Helix Water District Policies and Procedures Manual
Due to ongoing changes in state legislation (fighting water tax and others), conservation regulations, and new billing processes the Helix Budget increased 1.4% compared to the prior year, thus, water rates are increasing, however minimal.
This results in a 2.9 percent increase for the district's average customer who is using 21 units per bimonthly billing period, which would increase their bill by $4.59 to $160.94.
Of the 2.9 percent, 0.7 percentage points comes from the increase in the cost of water from the San Diego County Water Authority and 2.2 percentage points from the increase in district costs.
Additionally, we have another $1.8 Million additional revenue that is up for discussion. We can use it now, and bring the rate down further for the year, or we can put it in our rate stabilization fund and change our policy to be able to pull out the funds to bring down the rates the following year. The following year, based on “projections” projects rates to be at 5%. With this additional funding set aside we can almost guarantee to bring an anticipated future increase down below 5%. What do you think, what is your usage and what will your impact be (see Attachment C in packet, page 148)?
Water Rate Schedule
As always, I welcome your comments and feedback.
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Kathleen Coates Hedberg, PE, MPH
Past President, Helix Water District
Board Director, San Diego County Water Authority
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Author: Kathleen Hedberg
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