Your bill is calculated in the following manner:
The board determines a budget for the fiscal year that runs from December 1 through November 30. For the fiscal year 2018 – 2019 the board estimates the cost of operating the Syringa system to be $78,508. The Reserve account holds money for repairs and upgrades and money to help capitalize any future loans. As of January 2019, there is $289,246.69 in the Reserve account. Money not spent on operations this fiscal year is rolled over to the capital reserve (estimate for this year is $17, 459).
|(Monthly cost of base fee. 210 Users)||31|
|Public meeting to present new Plan||600|
|Certified Operator Cost||300|
|Computer and Internet Expenses||200|
|Dues and Fees||750|
|Engineering Services (Estimate)||10000|
|Insurance and Bonding||1500|
|Meter Reading (Frank)||1200|
|Meter Reading, Trimble||300|
|Misc office time||2000|
|Post Office Box Rent||88|
|Repairs and Maintenance||15000|
|Plumblng Supplies reserve||2000|
|Web work/Software updates, etc.||1000|
|Leak costs to system ($380 x 12)||4560|
|For Capital Reserve (income minus expenses)||17459|
First, we have to be sure that the operations are paid for. To do that, we divide the number of Syringa water users (210 billings, as of January 2019 ) into the budget or the “Total Expenses”. That becomes our base payment. Everyone pays the base no matter how few or how many gallons he or she uses. The “base fee” as you can read on your green billing card has been $33.00 per month.
To that amount is added the amount of water you use per thousand gallons multiplied by the rate at which the City of Sandpoint sells Syringa Water District per thousand. For example, currently Syringa based on Sandpoint costs are:
- $3.77 for the first 3000 gallons
- $4.10 for 3000 to 15,000 gallons
- $6.04 for 15,000 to 40,000 gallons
- $7.69 for over 40,000 gallons
For example, one board member used a few months ago exactly 4665 gallons. He pays $3.77 x the first three 1000 gallons or $11.31. He then is charged for 1665 gallons at the next rate level of $4.10 or $4.10 x 1.665 thousand gallons or $6.82. His total cost of water usage for December is $18.13.
To that is added a City of Sandpoint charge of $1.81 for Meter. Since the city of Sandpoint considers our water district as one user, it charges us, like it does each of its city users, a meter fee–in this case a three inch meter–of about about $350 a month which all us users have to share the cost. So, our board member paid for the month of December:
- Base fee: $33.00
- Water use costs: $18.13
- City meter charge: $1.81
- Total monthly bill: $52.94
For a PDF version of this budget, click here.