Originally Posted on June 30, 2021 and Updated on July 14, 2021
We conducted our final Rate Study Public Meeting #3 on June 21st at 1:00 pm where our Board of Directors, our consultant from Rural Community Assistance Corps (RCAC), staff and any residents in attendance reviewed the findings of the Rate Study. The bottom line is that the last rate increase conducted in FLMD occurred in 2013 and with the current operational costs relative to budget deficits and projected/required Capital Improvements Plan infrastructure needs, the District has to increase rates. Special thanks and kudos go to Chris Brandewie from RCAC for conducting this comprehensive Rate Study for the District! The required cost increases are identified in the Draft Resolution 2021-09 (Rates, Fees and Charges) that is shown below, and that has been forwarded to the Board for their review. The Board will officially act on it at the August 10th Board of Director’s meeting that will be held at 1:30 pm at the Pine River Valley library in Bayfield and via Zoom, The Agenda and Zoom meeting information will be posted on our website in the near future.
The State Statutes regarding rate increases state the following:
In coordination with the District’s Attorney, we ensured we remained aligned with the State Statute by posting the “Notice” to the residents on our website on June 30th stating that the Board of Directors is considering a rate increase to the domestic water and sanitary services at the August 10th Board of Director’s Meeting at 1:30 pm, which will be held at the Pine River Library and via Zoom. That gave 42 days window before the August 10th meeting, which ensured we had complied with the “at least 30 days’ notice stating the action is being considered”. Also, at the July 13, 2021 meeting, the Board unanimously voted to charge Unit 3 residents for road maintenance and transfer fees, which will also be part of Resolution 2021-09.
To see what the new rates will be compared to the old rates, the District also put together a spreadsheet/worksheet that shows that comparison rates, fees and charges information. . Please note that the monthly water and sewer base rates originally shown in this post have been revised/reduced by the District Manager based upon a re-evaluation of the data provided by RCAC. If you have questions about the rates or rate study process, please contact the District at 970-884-2925.