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 2021 to 2022 the board estimates the cost of operating the Syringa system to be $83,890.  NOTE: The Reserve account also holds money for repairs and upgrades and money to help capitalize any future loans.  As of January  2021, there is  $344,402 in the Reserve account. Money not spent on operations this fiscal year is rolled over to the capital reserve.


  SYRINGA HEIGHTS WATER DISTRICT December 1 2021 – November 31, 2022 BUDGET  
  Income from the base fees paid by 221 users. $87,516
  Meter fee charge from City of Sandpoint (paid by customers) $4,694
  Late Fees from customers $3,000
  New User Fees (anticipated) $6,200
  TOTAL INCOME $96,891
  (Monthly base fee paid by 221 Users. Based on just operational expense, excluding waters sales which in our case is irrelevant $33
  Audit (general) $0
  Public Meetings (presentation of Plan, etc.) $0
  Accounting, Billing $7,500
  Administrative Expense $2,000
  CCR Prep $200
  Certified Operator Cost $3,000
  Computer and web and Internet Expenses $500
  Directors Fees $7,500
  Dues and Fees $1,500
  Engineering Services (Miscellaneous) $25,000
  Install new service (charge) $400
  Insurance and Bonding $2,500
  Legal Fees $5,000
  Meetings $1,000
  Meter Reading (CO) + Badger $2,400
  Meter Reading, Trimble $1,000
  Mileage $1,500
  Office supplies $300
  Post Office Box Rent $140
  Postage $2,000
  Repairs and Maintenance $5,000
  Site Locates $4,000
  Plumbing Supplies reserve $5,000
  Software updates (Quick Books) $750
  Software updates (Badger System) $750
  Telephone Expense $1,000
  Utilities (power) $3,000
  Water testing $950
First, we have to be sure that the operations are paid for. To do that, we divide the number of Syringa water users (221 billings, as of January 2022) 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, increasing to $34 this year.

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 their 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: $34.00
  • Water use costs: $18.13
  • City meter charge: $1.81
  • Total monthly bill: $53.94