2012-13 Water Transmission Budget and Water Rates
In April, 2012 the Sonoma County Water Agency Board of Directors approved the 2012-13 Water Transmission budget that includes a wholesale water rate increase of:
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The rates will result in an average cost to households of 80 cents per day or $.002 per gallon. The total Water Transmission budget is $32 million and includes four major categories: Operations and Maintenance, Biological Opinion and Endangered Species Act compliance, Capital Projects, and Debt Service.
Wholesale water rates are increasing due to:
- Decreased 2011 water sales: Approx. 4% percent decrease from the FY 11/12 budget.
- Regulatory obligations to secure water supply: Costs of implementing projects required in the coming year by the Russian River Biological Opinion. The Biological Opinion is a 15-year recovery plan to implement the mandates of the National Marine Fisheries Service as they relate to threatened and endangered fish in the Russian River and its tributaries. Funding for implementing these projects will be sought from federal and state agencies, including Water Agency water contractors.
The Water Agency has proactively reduced its operations and maintenance costs by 17.7% over the past five years. These cost saving efforts include mandatory time off and salary freezes for Water Agency staff, staff reductions, and reduced power costs.
How rates are set:
Wholesale water rates are created by using a calculation outlined under a legal binding agreement between the Water Agency and its water contractors. This document, called the Restructured Agreement for Water Supply (Restructured Agreement), requires the Water Agency to set rates based on budgeted operations and maintenance costs and past water sales. The Restructured Agreement also requires the Water Agency to approve its wholesale water rates by April 30.
- Water Advisory Committee presentation
- Budget and rates information packet
- Resolution of the Board of Directors of the Water Agency Establishing Water Rates and Charges for the Water Transmission System for FY 2012/2013
2012/13 Water Agency Budget Documents:
- Departmental Description
- Budget Section Summary
- Administration and General
- General Fund
- Spring Lake Park
- Sustainability - Renewable Energy Fund
- Flood Control
- Warm Springs Dam (Special Revenue Fund)
- Water Supply
- Russian River Projects
- Warm Springs Dam (Debt Service)
- Recycled Water
- Water Transmission
- Internal Service Funds
- Equipment Fund (ISF)
- Facilities Fund (ISF)
- Power Resources (ISF)
- Water Rates
- Sanitation Zone Table of Contents
- Zones Section Summary
- Sea Ranch
- District Table of Contents
- Russian River
- Sonoma Valley
- South Park
For more information about the budget and rates, please contact:
Lynne Rosselli, budget manager