On January 13, 2016, the Monte Vista Water District Board of Directors adopted Resolution 698-16 (PDF) establishing a four-year schedule of water rates. The current rate schedule went into effect on January 1, 2019.
Setting Rates & Fees
The District's policy direction ensures that all revenues from user charges generated from District customers must support all District operations including securing water supply, water system operation and distribution, water storage, and water treatment. In addition, capital project funding is needed to cover costs of present and future system rehabilitation, replacement facilities and regulations.
Water rates are user charges imposed on customers for services and are the primary component of the District's revenue. Water rates are composed of a commodity (usage) charge and a fixed meter (readiness-to-serve) charge, and are reviewed on an annual basis as part of the budgeting process.
The District has adopted a budget-based tiered rate structure for single-family residential customers and dedicated landscape irrigation customers. A budget-based tiered rate structure incentivizes efficient water use. Download an application for water budget variance (PDF). All other customers are charged a flat commodity charge.
The readiness-to-serve (RTS) charge is a bimonthly fee based on meter size that covers a portion of the fixed costs of operating the District, including maintenance of the water system and facilities, customer service, and administration.
The District may be required to pass through unforeseen increases in wholesale charges for imported water, groundwater management, and electrical services which exceed, in any fiscal year, the amount of scheduled increase in the District's adopted rates.
If the District finds it necessary to pass through unforeseen wholesale charge increases, customers will be informed of these additional charges in advance of the effective date, and each additional charge will be itemized on each bill.
Demand Reduction Rates
The District expects a long-term reduction in water demands as our customers become more efficient. In the future, the District may be required to reduce demands even further, resulting in insufficient revenues to meet projected expenses. In such circumstances, the District may implement demand reduction rates to maintain financial stability and high quality water service. If the District finds it necessary to implement demand reduction rates, customers will be informed in advance of the effective date.