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September 27, 2016

Last evening, Cedar Key Water Sewer District Board met for its Final Budget Hearing for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 at 5:01 pm at the CKWSD office at 510 Third Street in Cedar Key.  Present were General Manager John McPherson and Board members:  Chair Dottie Haldeman, Vice Chair Thelma McCain, Secretary Leslie Sturmer, and Seth Colson.  Board member Chris Reynolds was not in attendance.


The Board unanimously adopted three resolutions. 

Resolution 2016 adopted the final levying of ad valorem taxes for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. 

  • In effect, the ad valorem millage rate will increase from 1.1350 mills to 1.1750 mills.  The increase is 5.2% higher than the rollback rate.

Resolution 2016-06 adopted the final 2016-2017 fiscal year budget.  Included in it are two modest rate Increases. 

  • The water base rate for small users will increase from $21.18 to $22.00.
  • The wastewater base rate for small users will increase from $20.21 to $21.00.

Resolution 2016-07 authorized the general Manager to sign the necessary documents to apply for a Class V injection well permit.  In the CKWMD’s design and construction of a new water treatment plant, disposal of desalination concentrate will be done by deep well injection, hence the need for the permit.    

General Manager McPherson explained that the rate increases, totaling $40,000 for the upcoming fiscal year, are necessary “to keep up with rising costs and financial challenges presented by Hurricane Hermine and the need to construct a new water treatment plant.”    Board members expressed reluctance to raise rates but conceded the need to do so at this time.
An audience member, expressing thoughts heard from many fellow residents, reported thanks for the CKWSD’s performance before, during, and after Hurricane Hermine.    District personnel, the attendee stated,  “were consummately accessible, available with the information residents needed, and speedy in returning the city to its normal water and sewer status.”


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