Fiscal Year 2022/2023 Proposed Budget and Fee Schedule
Thursday, April 28, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. is the first of two public hearings* to consider the Proposed District Budget for fiscal year (FY) 2022/2023. Approval of the Final Budget is scheduled for May 26, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. The purpose of the hearings is to solicit public input on the Proposed Budget and Fee Schedule. Comments may be directed to the Board of Directors at the public hearings or to the District office. The Board of Directors is considering the adoption of a Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase of 4.0% to fees established for Section 313 of Rule 205 – Community Bank and Priority Reserve Bank, Rule 301 – Permit Fees (Stationary Source), Rule 304 – Plan Fees (For Naturally Occurring Asbestos), Rule 306 – Air Toxics Fees, Rule 310 – Permit Fees (Agricultural Source), Rule 311 – Registration Fees for Agricultural Compression Ignition Engines, and Rule 350 – Greenhouse Gas Program Fees. In addition, the Board directed that the FY20/21 CPI increase be phased in over a two-year period resulting in an additional 1.65% increase for fees in FY22/23 for a total fee adjustment of 5.65%. All FY 2022/2023 fee adjustments reflect the rates established in the adopted rules.
* The physical location of this meeting may be closed to the public, consistent with state and local officials’ recommendation to promote social distancing and Assembly Bill 361. Members of the public are encouraged to consult the meeting agenda or contact the Clerk of the Board at 279-207-1122 prior to the meetings to confirm participation options.
User Fees and Charges
It is the District’s Financial Management policy to set user fees at full cost recovery levels, except where a greater public benefit is demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Board, or when it is not cost-effective to do so. The District follows established laws and rules (Regulation 03 – Fees) in adopting fees, including California Health and Safety Code (HSC §42311), related to Stationary Source Permit Fees. Under this section, the District may adopt a schedule of annual fees for the evaluation, issuance, and renewal of permits to cover the cost of district programs related to permitted stationary sources. Regular and consistent review of all fees is performed to ensure that the costs associated with the delivery of individual services have been appropriately identified and that the District is fully recovering those costs. The fees assessed for any fiscal year may not exceed the actual costs for District programs for the immediately preceding fiscal year with an adjustment up to the change in the annual California Consumer Price Index for the preceding year, as determined according to Section 2212 of the Revenue and Taxation Code. If fee revenue received by the District exceeds the cost of the programs, the revenue is carried over for expenditure in the subsequent fiscal year, and the schedule of fees is adjusted to reflect that carryover.