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Budget Information

Fiscal Year 2017-2018 & 2018-2019 Final Budget

I am pleased to present to the Board the Ojai Valley Sanitary District’s Final Budget for Fiscal Years 2017-2018 and 2018-2019.

Three themes were used in the preparation of this budget:

  1. Pay as you go
  2. Implement the Nutrient Reduction at the Plant and reduce I&I
  3. Continue to Implement the Private Sewer Lateral Program and Second Unit Program

During preparation of this Two-Year Budget, Staff completed a review of the Customer Service Database, completed an asset management plan, reviewed Operations and Maintenance budgets. In addition, the following Major Drivers were also considered:

  • Algae TMDL Program Implementation
  • Inflow and Infiltration (I&I) Control
  • Laterals, Roots, Rags and Protrusions
  • Collection System Rehabilitation
  • Treatment Plant Optimization
  • Spill Prevention
  • Staffing and Succession Planning

The comprehensive review results show that each of the following areas play an important role in meeting the environmental discharge restrictions, maintaining a fiscally conservative business approach, maintaining a high quality and safe collection and treatment system and looking to the future. This effort looks at planning for the next 10-20 years:

  • Collection System Rehabilitation and I&I Control
    • Lateral Program
    • Enhanced Root, Rag and Grease maintenance
    • I&I reduction for groundwater protection and nutrient reduction
    • Aging system rehabilitation, reconstruction and lining
  • Treatment Plant Optimization
    • Algae TMDL Compliance
    • Enhanced Constituent testing and Control
    • Nutrient and Constituent removals
    • Implement Solar Improvements for Energy production and shade in critical areas to lessen maintenance related to algae growth
    • Study the effects of reduced flow due to drought issues and related increasing strength of flow
  • Capital Improvement Program Implementation
  • Staffing Retirements
  • Reserve Fund Enhancement and Fiscal Management

This two-year budget has been prepared to focus and address the Major Drivers listed above.

This Final Budget has been prepared with the following information:

  • 2.7% increase in wages matching the CPI increase
  • No increase in employee benefits
  • No Changes in proposed rates
  • Continued Enhanced Collection System Investment
  • Funding for Algae TMDL/Nutrient studies and projects

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Fiscal Year 2015-2016 & 2016-2017 Newly Adopted Budget

I am pleased to present to the Board the Ojai Valley Sanitary District’s Final Budget for Fiscal Years 2015-2016 and 2016-17.

Prior to preparation of this Two-Year Budget, Staff completed an in depth review of all the reserve funds, the Customer Service Database, completed a fee and financial plan analysis, reviewed Operations and Maintenance budgets and the Capital Improvement Program. In addition, the following Major Drivers were also considered:

  • Algae TMDL Program Implementation
  • Inflow and Infiltration (I&I) Control
  • Laterals, Roots, Rags and Protrusions
  • Constituents of Emerging Concerns (CEC’s)
  • Collection System Rehabilitation
  • Treatment Plant Optimization
  • Spill Prevention
  • Staffing

The comprehensive review results show that each of the following areas play an important role in meeting the environmental discharge restrictions, maintaining a fiscally conservative business approach, maintaining a high quality and safe collection and treatment system and looking to the future. This effort looks at planning for the next 10-20 years:

  • Collection System Rehabilitation and I&I Control
    • Lateral Program
    • Enhanced Root, Rag and Grease maintenance
    • I&I reduction for groundwater protection and nutrient reduction
    • Aging system rehabilitation, reconstruction and lining
  • Treatment Plant Optimization
    • Algae TMDL Compliance
    • Enhanced Constituent testing and Control
    • Nutrient and Constituent removals
    • Implement Solar Improvements for Energy production and shade in critical areas to lessen maintenance related to algae growth
    • Study the effects of reduced flow due to drought issues and related increasing strength of flow
  • Capital Improvement Program Implementation
  • Staffing Increase By 2 Positions
  • Reserve Fund Enhancement and Fiscal Management

This two-year budget has been prepared to begin to focus and address the Major Drivers listed above.

This Preliminary Budget has been prepared with the following information:

  • 0% increase in wages matching the CPI increase
  • No increase in employee benefits
  • 2% increase in rates
  • Restructure of Reserve Funds
  • Enhanced Collection System Investment
  • Funding for Algae TMDL/Nutrient studies and projects

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Fiscal Year 2013-2014 & 2014-2015 Newly Adopted Budget

I am pleased to present to the Board the Ojai Valley Sanitary District's Final Budget for Fiscal Years 2013-2014 and 2014-15.

Prior to preparation of this Two-Year Budget, Staff completed an in depth review of all the reserve funds, the Customer Service Database, Operations and Maintenance budgets and the Capital Improvement Program. In addition, the following Major Drivers were also considered:

  • Algae TMDL Program Implementation
  • Inflow and Infiltration (1&1) Control
  • Laterals, Roots, Rags and Protrusions
  • Constituents of Emerging Concerns (CEC's)
  • Collection System Rehabilitation
  • Treatment Plant Optimization
  • Spill Prevention
  • Staffing

The comprehensive review results show that each of the following areas play an important role in meeting the environmental discharge restrictions, maintaining a fiscally conservative business approach, maintaining a high quality and safe collection and treatment system and looking to the future. This effort looks at planning for the next 10-20 years:

  • Collection System Rehabilitation and 1&1 Control
    • Lateral Program
    • Enhanced Root, Rag and Grease maintenance
    • 1&1 reduction for groundwater protection and nutrient reduction
    • Aging system rehabilitation, reconstruction and lining
  • Treatment Plant Optimization
    • Algae TMDL Compliance
    • Enhanced Constituent testing and Control
    • Nutrient and Constituent removals
  • Capital Improvement Program Implementation
  • Staffing: Anticipate Full Staff turnover
  • Reserve Fund Enhancement and Fiscal Management

This two-year budget has been prepared to begin to focus and address the Major Drivers listed above.

This Final Budget has been prepared with the following information:

  • 2.2% increase in wages matching the CPI increase
  • No increase in employee benefits
  • anticipated 9.0% increase in health insurance costs
  • A net increase in rates with some offsetting reserve reallocation
  • Enhanced Collection System Investment
  • Increase in Contingency Reserve
  • Funding for Algae TMDLlNutrient studies and projects

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Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Newly Adopted Budget

I am pleased to present to the Board the Ojai Valley Sanitary District’s Final Budget for Fiscal Year 2012-2013.

This Final Budget has been prepared with the following information:

  • 2.3% increase in wages matching the CPI increase
  • No increase in employee benefits
  • anticipated 3.0% increase in health insurance costs
  • Use of Contingency & Stabilization Reserve to maintain rates

Overall, the basic rate is proposed to be unchanged from last year. The final budget has been prepared with two over-arching concepts: (1) “Pay as you go” and (2) “Living within our means”. In addition, the Five-Year Capital Improvement Plan has been prepared for overall planning for major projects.

Due to continued attention to efficiency efforts, the final budget includes many areas of savings that offset price and cost increases.

Operating Expenses increased 8.7 percent primarily due to the amount of computer related equipment scheduled for replacement this year and increased number of manholes to be raised following scheduled City of Ojai and County of Ventura street overlays. Total Expenses (which includes contributions to the Reserve funds) increased by 5.4 percent because the Treatment Plant Expenses decreased which offset a portion of the increase in other areas.

Income estimates increased by 0.8 percent primarily due to increased accuracy in our Customer Database and implementation of the Unpermitted Program which combined has resulted in increasing the Service Unit count by 108.

This Budget has been prepared in accordance with the 2011 Strategic and Operations Plans.

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