Last updated 6/2/2017 at 1:26am

At the May 16 Borrego Water District (BWD) Board meeting, Administration Manager Kim Pitman presented the draft 2017-18 budget. Projecting rate increases of six percent for water and four for sewer, the maximum allowed under the current Proposition 218 authorization, the total income would decline slightly ($4,170,507 in 2016-17 and $4,114,047 in 2017-18). Expenses are expected to increase from $2,706,119 to $2,997,600, although some grant fund reimbursements are anticipated. The Board will consider final approval of the new budget at its next meeting.

Some staffing changes are underway at BWD, including the addition of a consulting position for a municipal advisor, who would evaluate conditions and financial parameters for potential debt funding which is likely to become necessary under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) compliance requirements. Additionally, Alan Asche has joined the BWD staff as a supervisor and is nearing completion of his wastewater certification. Welcome, Alan! Another position has been budgeted, to be filled if necessary, for an entry level member of the crew, hopefully with computer skills to help in the office part time as well.

In other business, the Board awarded two contracts to Dudek, Inc., BWD’s principal consulting engineering firm. The first is an assessment of the flood control system at Rams Hill, which is one of the dedicated assets in the current BWD bond refunding and which BWD is responsible for maintaining. In addition, Dudek will assess the potential for tertiary treatment (water reclamation) at the wastewater treatment plant.

With regret, the Board accepted the resignation of Richard Dopp as the BWD ratepayer representative on the GSP Advisory Committee. The Selection Committee (Directors Harry Ehrlich and Joe Tatusko) will work with General Manager Geoff Poole to appoint a replacement. If you are interested in this worthwhile and interesting position, please contact BWD.

The next Board Agenda will include adoption of an ordinance authorizing the levy of special taxes in Community Facilities District 2017-1 (Rams Hill) pursuant to the refunded bond issue, approval of the 2017-18 budget and status reports on continuing BWD projects.

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