Annual District Budget

Following development of the Annual Strategic Plan and the Annual Board Workshop, the District prepares an Annual District Budget that identifies all of the revenues and expenses anticipated for the upcoming fiscal year.  Budgets are prepared for three District Departments: Fire, Wastewater, and Water.

The prior year’s actual expenses and revenues are analyzed and considered when projecting the revenues and expenses for the upcoming year.  Opportunities for reductions in expenses are sought, and any proposed increase in expense is scrutinized before inclusion in the budget.  Revenue sources outside of the District’s control, primarily property taxes, are carefully reviewed to identify the upcoming year’s anticipated amount.  Revenue requirements for the upcoming year are carefully considered in conjunction with anticipated expenses.  Only after every reasonable effort is made to minimize expense increases will revenue increases be considered.

The Budget development process generally involves seven public meetings.  There are three Finance Committee meetings to consider first the Fire Department budget, then the Wastewater Department budget and finally the Water Department budget.  Then, at three regular Board Meetings, generally in February, March, and April, the department budgets are each separately considered by the entire Board.  Finally, the District budget is considered as a whole and adopted prior to the beginning of the new fiscal year which begins July 1st.

If a revenue increase is needed to cover rising expenses and capital improvement needs, an increase in rates and fees will be considered.  Any consideration of an increase in water or wastewater fees will include a mailed notice to all customers explaining the need for such an increase.  Customers will have the opportunity to protest the increase in writing, and a Public Hearing will take place to consider customer protests and other concerns.  Public input will be an important consideration in making a final decision.  Note that if a majority of customers provide a written protest, the Board can not adopt the rate increase.

Copies of historic Annual District Budget documents are available for review at the District office.