PALMDALE – The Palmdale Water District board will discuss the 2022 budget at its regular meeting on Monday.
The District’s fiscal year begins on January 1.
The proposed budget provides for operating revenues of $ 31.7 million, an increase of nearly $ 2.34 million over the current year’s budget. That figure is based on projected water sales of 17,000 acre-feet of water and based on the 2019 rate study, according to the staff report.
One acre-foot equals 325,851 gallons, roughly the amount of water a typical Antelope Valley household used in a year before recent droughts reduced use.
Operating expenses for 2022 are expected to be $ 27.87 million, an increase of $ 1.63 million from the current year’s budget.
Staff costs account for $ 128,481 of that increase, according to the staff report. This includes a cost of living allowance of 4.6%, step increases and merit pay and increased pension expenses.
Some staff costs are offset by an expected decrease in health benefit costs, according to the staff report.
The proposed budget also projects that the district will start the year with an operating cash balance of nearly $ 12 million.
The Board will also consider approving the final version of the District Risk Mitigation Plan, which outlines potential disasters that could affect the water supply system and provides a plan on how to deal with them.
The plan was developed based on feedback collected during a survey in May. This survey asked participants about issues such as their level of concern about various hazards and their level of disaster preparedness.
The plan must be updated every five years and is necessary for the district to be eligible for federal and state risk mitigation grants and disaster relief funds.
The Palmdale Water District plan was initially adopted in 2008. This latest update would be valid until 2026.
The Council meeting begins at 6:00 p.m. and will be available only by teleconference to members of the public. The call number is 571-748-4021, the participant’s PIN code: 131-645-440 #