In 2021, the District conducted a series of Financial Workshops.
May 19, 2021: At this workshop, District staff presented the draft Proposed FY 2021/22 and FY 2022/23 Budget to the Board. The Board reviewed forecast revenue, operating expenses, capital improvement program expenditures, staffing levels and labor-related costs, and financial planning scenarios related to water conservation. View the presentation from the May 19, 2021 workshop.
May 27, 2021: This workshop continued the discussion on the District 2-year budget with the focus primarily on capital expenditures and multi-year financial scenarios, including water rates, related to water conservation. View the presentation from the May 27, 2021 workshop.
August 26, 2021: This workshop focused on the District’s financial status, rate setting requirements including a cost-of-service analysis, the allocation between fixed and variable charges, the charges for dedicated fire service lines, water shortage emergency stage rates, and the use of the property tax roll for billing and collecting on delinquent accounts. View the presentation from the August 26 workshop.
September 23, 2021: This workshop included follow-up from the August 26 workshop, continue the discussion regarding the alternative stage rate scenarios and a cost of service analysis, reinstatement of formal collections activities including use of the property tax roll, and use of property tax roll to collect service charges. View the presentation from the September 23 workshop.
October 28, 2021: This workshop focused on the discussion regarding the revenue allocation between the fixed and variable charges, the approaches to revenue adjustments, as well as a review of related data and policy objective considerations. Following Board deliberation, the Board considered a rate increase based on a 6% revenue increase to the fixed service charge and no change to the commodity charge.
In 2020 ACWD completed a new rates process, with the Board ultimately declining to increase water rates. This process also included a series of workshops and Board meetings.
August 27, 2020: The District held a financial workshop to start a new rates process to review the allocation between fixed service charges and commodity charges in collecting revenues, the charges for dedicated fire service lines, and to provide an update on the District’s current financial status. View the presentation from the August 20 workshop.
October 22, 2020: The District held a financial workshop to continue the discussion regarding the District’s current and projected future financial status and potential water rates and charges increase. The workshop was conducted by webinar. Customers were invited to participate virtually to join the discussion and to learn more about the District’s finances, rates and charges, as well as the cost-of-service studies that the District is conducting to guide the rate setting process. View the agenda and presentation from the October 22 workshop.
Following Board deliberation at workshops in August and October, District staff prepared a water rates proposal with a 2 percent increase effective March 1, 2021 and another 2 percent increase effective March 1, 2022. After deliberation in the December 10th Board meeting, the Board determined not to move forward with a rate increase.