Source: Valley Roadrunner

VCMWD sees increase in water usage, revenues

by Shelli DeRobertis

December 18, 2013

The Valley Center Municipal Water District received a clean audit report at the Dec. 16 board meeting, and the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report showed an increase in revenues compared with last year.

James Pugh, director of finance for the district, presented the figures that show the total water operating revenues at $47.4 million for 2013.

“We’re up 13-percent from the previous year,” Pugh said.

The water district also sold nearly 5 percent more water in 2013 than it did in 2012, he said.

Fee estimates to annex Meadowood property into the VCMWD’s service area were also presented at the meeting, and the board approved the final terms and conditions.

The total estimate is $11.76 million, which includes corporate facilities, equipment and furnishings and an operating reserve.

The 266.945-acre annexation is calculated at $48,850, according to the district engineer’s report.

General Manager Gary Arant discussed the recent request by a resident to purchase water from Lake Turner Dam.

He said that after a review of the 1968 permit secured by VCMWD pertaining to the diversion and use of water from Lake Turner Dam and Reservoir, that “there are a lot of factors that make it not feasible.”

Arant was also reappointed for another term as the district’s representative on the San Diego County Water Authority Board.

The board also adopted an agreement to reappoint Paula De Sousa for general counsel legal services.