Annual Budget Public Hearing

Tree frogEach year the South Indian River Water Control District holds a public hearing on the District's budget for the coming fiscal year. The District Treasurer prepares a preliminary budget for the Board of Supervisors' review and consideration in the month of June each year. After review by the Board and any needed adjustments are made, the proposed budget is presented at a public hearing in August, usually the third Thursday of the month. The hearing is duly noticed in the local news publications and landowners are informed by letter. A copy of the proposed budget is available for review by landowners at the District office.


After the public hearing is adjourned, the Board convenes their monthly board meeting where the District Treasurer presents the final budget for consideration and approval of the resolution adopting the budget and the levying of special assessments.


Annual Budget Meeting - August 16, 2018

The Annual Budget Meeting will be held August 16, 2018 at the Jupiter High School Media Center at 7:00 pm.


Total assessments from ongoing programs are proposed to increase from last year’s level of $4,798,800 to $5,583,000 for the 2018-2019 budget year. Continuing with the Board’s increased emphasis on drainage improvements and culvert rehabilitation, the preliminary budget seeks to adequately fund the efforts of the District for functions that the Board has expressed a desire for increased focus. As a result, there are significant increases in the funds for Water Control services.


For the majority of parcels that are assessed for both Water Control and Road Maintenance services, the refocus of funding will be substantially offset (approximately 6,120 of 7,427 parcels). However the balance of approximately 747 parcels in Egret Landing and Jupiter Park of Commerce and 558 parcels in Jupiter Farms that are not assessed for Road Maintenance will see the full increase in the Water Control rate, while not receiving the decrease in Road Maintenance. Enhanced initiatives include the Driveway Culvert Replacement Program, Palm Beach Country Estates Outfall Clearing Initiative and a Detailed Section 7 Review of analysis of drainage characteristics by the District Engineer.


The preliminary budget also includes a District Work Center expansion that is needed to meet future requirements. The existing structure, built in 1983 is no longer adequate to protect the District’s investment in equipment or fulfill the Board, staff and landowner needs. The cost of this project would be a one-time charge.


New initiatives for 2018-2019 include the 19th Plan of Improvement debt assessment for those landowners affected and the construction of models of water quality/quantity parameters to provide a scientific basis of the District’s position for future discussion with regulatory agencies.


The assessment rates contained in the preliminary budget are subject to minor changes upon completion of the assessment roll.


2018-2019 Proposed Budget

Annual Budget Meeting Highlights - August 17, 2017

The Annual Budget Meeting was held August 17, 2017 at the Jupiter High School Media Center at 7:00 pm prior to the Board of Supervisors monthly meeting


Total assessments from ongoing programs are proposed to decrease from last year’s level by 13.1% to $4,850,950 for the 2017-2018 budget year. All of this decrease is attributable to final debt payments being made this year for Egret Landing Refunding Note and the 2004 Road Improvement Note Series A and Series B. With these notes being paid off, 1542 parcels in Egret Landing and 472 parcels in Jupiter Farms and Palm Beach Country Estates will have reduced assessments.


Continuing with the Board’s increased emphasis on drainage improvements and culvert rehabilitation, the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) budget is proposed to increase by $167,190. This increase will allow for the addition of one staff member. Employee health insurance continues to be a cost leader, with an increased need of $27,000. The Equipment Repair and Replacement fund is to be increased by $36,000, to $115,000. Other items in the budget remain substantially unchanged.


The District uses seven special revenue funds to account for the cost of the maintenance programs. These funds pay for the services received from O&M, as well as service or items directly received. There are two water control budgets (East and West basins), two road maintenance funds (PBCE and Jupiter Farms), one park maintenance fund and two other maintenance funds (Egret Landing and Jupiter Commerce Park).


The Water Control Budgets are proposed to increase $30,000 for the East Basin and $25,000 for the West Basin. The Road Maintenance budget for Palm Beach Country Estates (PBCE) is proposed to increase by $37,500 and by $25,000 for Jupiter Farms.


For a typical parcel receiving both Water Control and Road Maintenance service, these increases would amount to an additional $40 (3.23%) in PBCE and an additional $9 (2.9%) in Jupiter Farms.


After his presentation, Mr. Haas asked the Board for a motion to approve a resolution adopting the budget for 2017-2018 and the levying of special assessments for 2017 on all lands within the District, pursuant to Section 197.3632, Florida Statutes, and the board passed the motion unanimously.


2017-2018 SIRWCD Adopted Budget