Budget and Billing

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).

  2019 Budget



  Base Fee  78,508
 Meter charge  4319
Water Upcharge   9000
 Late  Fees 4000
(Monthly cost of base fee. 210 Users) 31
   Audit (general) 2000
   Public meeting to present new Plan 600
   Accounting, Billing 7200
   CCR Prep 110
   Certified Operator Cost 300
   Computer and Internet Expenses 200
   Directors Fees 10000
   Dues and Fees 750
   Engineering Services  (Estimate) 10000
   Insurance and Bonding 1500
   Legal Fees 10000
   Meetings 1700
   Meter Reading  (Frank) 1200
   Meter Reading, Trimble 300
   Misc office time 2000
   Mileage 800
   Post Office Box Rent 88
   Postage 2500
   Repairs and Maintenance 15000
   Site Locates 3200
   Plumblng Supplies reserve 2000
   Telephone Expense 200
   Utilities (power) 3000
   Water testing 900
   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.