Adopted Fiscal Year 2017/2018 Rates and Budget

CCUA is excited to be starting its 24th year of serving the residents of Clay County. CCUA adopted a 1.7% increase on water and sewer base charges, which equates to approximately $0.55 a month for residential customers, and a 5% increase on reuse consumption charges. We strive to keep rates low and are pleased that we have adopted only one rate increase in the past five years to cover the increase of renewal and replacement of infrastructure.

Proposed Operating Budget

The adopted operating budget reflects an increase of approximately $1.4 million from last year’s budget. The increase is due to several budgeted line items, including an increase in wages to accommodate seven additional positions needed for growth and meeting regulatory requirements; a proposed 2.4% cost of living increase ($197,000); a proposed 1% merit ($82,000); and a significant transfer that will commit an extra $275,000 in funding for the capital budget. Funding for capital projects is cash on hand, rates, debt and capacity fees. Operating as a not-for-profit utility, any excess cash from operations is used to fund capital projects. The five-year capital budget reflects a funding shortfall of approximately $51 million. The capital budget includes tanks, structures and equipment that require recoating and rehabilitation to preserve structural and operational integrity. We often have to relocate water, wastewater and reclaimed water mains for road widening projects as well as the slip-lining or replacing leaking of damaged gravity mains discovered in preventative video inspections.

In addition to normal upkeep, we are in Phase I construction of the Mid-Clay Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility. The facility will be constructed with the latest technology and advancements that will meet stringent environmental regulations and provide more efficient operations in our treatment process. This new facility will drive additional staffing positions, an increase in supplies and biosolids treatment and removal costs. Plant construction is estimated at $13.3 million and the biosolids treatment facility is estimated at $4.3 million.

Proposed Capital Budget & Five Year Plan

As a CCUA customer, you have our commitment that you will continue to have one of the lowest utility bills for water, wastewater, and reclaimed services. One of the ways we accomplish this is investing in innovation and obtaining funding from various regulatory agencies. The cost of CCUA water is less than a penny a gallon using our average monthly water bill.

The entire CCUA Board of Supervisors and most of our staff reside in our service area, experiencing the same service, rates and water quality as the 119,000 residents who count on us for their water, wastewater, and reclaimed water. Our leadership team and staff are customers too and they expect the very best, just like you.

We strive to exceed our customers’ expectations, so please reach out to us regarding your recommendations for improved service. To learn more or to contact us, please visit us at www.clayutility.org/contactus.aspx.