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By Miriam Raftery

April 29, 2017 (La Mesa) – Helix Water District has announced cancellation of its regularly scheduled meeting May 3rd, but will hold two budget workshops on May 3rd and 4th and 4 p.m.  See below for the budget workshop agendas, which are identical both nights.

The draft budget schedules that are attached include direction received by the board at the meeting on April 19, 2017. For example, the budget includes the following items based on board direction:

• Include $750,000 prepayment to Cal PERS

• Strive to maintain operating budget at previous year's level • Update the district's strategic plan in 2018

• Include funding for consultant to conduct a compensation study (estimate $80,000)

The staff presentations will also include information on the district's planned revenue and expenditures, including proposed funds for engineering and construction projects and equipment purchases for fiscal year 2017-18. At that time, staff will also receive any comments and recommended adjustments from the board as staff continues to develop the preliminary budget.

Water billings will not be discussed at these meetings since staff does not have direction from the board regarding the assumptions to be used for setting water rates and the district has not yet received the final price for wholesale water from the San Diego County Water Authority. The assumptions to be used for setting water rates is scheduled to be discussed at the May 17, 2017, meeting during the five year projection workshop.

The budget presentations are scheduled to take place on May 3 and 4 from 4 p.m. - 9 p.m. as follows:

• Introduction and Overview • Water Quality/System Operations Budget

• Operations Budget • Engineering Budget

• Administrative Services Budget • Capital Budget

Additional meetings and next steps for the budget and rate setting process for fiscal year 2017-18 are planned as follows:

May17 Five Year Financial Projection Workshop

June 6 Distribute to Board Preliminary Budget Document

Board Approval of Preliminary Fiscal Year 2017-18 Budget

Proposed Fiscal Year 2017-18 Water Rates

Board Approval of Fiscal Year 2017-18 Water Rates (tentative)

June 13

August 2

August 16

January 1, 2018

Board Receive Fiscal Year 2017-18 Final Budget Document

Customers Notified Regarding Upcoming Water Rates

Water Rates Effective on Billings for Water Used in November and December

May 3 Cancellation


May 3 Budget Workshop


May 4 Budget Workshop


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