A previously approved water rate increase will not be implemented
Source: Padre Dam Municipal Water District
October 10, 2018 (Santee) – Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors unanimously approved to freeze water rates for Fiscal Year 2019. The decision to freeze rates was based on an increase in water sales the previous year compared to the District’s Budget and the strong financial position of the water operation funds.
“We have a unique opportunity this year to provide some rate relief to our customers while still achieving all of the District’s goals,” commented Board President Bill Pommering. “Our water operation fund balances are strong due to higher than budgeted water sales last year, making the choice to forego a previously approved water rate increase for this year the best decision for our customers.”
Water rates for Fiscal Year 2019 were previously approved as part of the District’s Five-Year Business Plan and Budget (FY 2018-2022 Plan). The FY 2018-2022 Plan identified rates and anticipated water sales to support the Plan and ensure financial stability for the elements of the Plan. The rates in the FY 2018-2022 Plan were developed as part of a comprehensive Cost of Service Study in 2017. This Study used a conservative projection for water sales when setting rates. Actual water sales have rebounded from the most recent drought more than the Study’s projection and new housing developments along with a recent sales agreement with Sycuan will increase water demands further.
Taking all of this into consideration, an extensive financial analysis was performed to determine the impact of not having a water rate increase in FY 2019. This analysis showed that the increase in water sales volume offsets any loss of revenue from no increase. Therefore, the approved five year operating budget is unchanged and goals and planned projects will continue as planned in the FY 2018-2022 Five Year Business Plan and Budget.
Padre Dam provides water, sewer, recycled water and recreation services to approximately 100,000 residents in East San Diego County including Santee, El Cajon, Lakeside, Flinn Springs, Harbison Canyon, Blossom Valley, Alpine, Dehesa and Crest. The District is a public agency with policies and procedures directed by an elected five-member Board of Directors. The District imports 100% of its treated water supply and treats two million gallons per day (MGD) of wastewater at its Water Recycling Facility. Please visit www.padredam.org for more information.