Wastewater Made Clear: Ballot Q & A

This past week property owners received their Assessment District ballots in the mail and many have contacted us to answer their questions about the Sewer Project and the formation of Assessment District 2014-01. Below you will find a list of some of the questions that property owners have been asking:

Who will be tabulating the ballot?
On May 13, 2015, a private contractor, Koppel & Grubber, will be opening all sealed ballots and tabulating them after the close of the Public Hearing that begins at 9:00 a.m. Anyone from the public wishing to attend is welcome. The hearing will be held at the District’s administration office at 55439 29 Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA 92284.

Why are Phase 2 and 3 properties paying less than Phase 1 properties?
This Assessment District will secure a loan to build Phase 1 of the Sewer Project. Phase 2 and 3 properties are only paying for their portion of the infrastructure that is being installed within Phase 1 for their future use. This includes paying for the increased size of pipes, pump stations, and portions of the treatment plant that Phase 2 and 3 will use once they connect. Future Assessment District will be formed to pay for Phase 2 and 3 infrastructure costs. Phase 1 properties will not be responsible to pay for these costs.

Is there financial assistance available?
Funding sources that are available to support a financial assistance program are very limited. Typically, State and Federal grants cannot be allocated for financial assistance. The District has identified a possible funding source for financial assistance and is currently working on a developing a program. More details will be available in the upcoming months.

What happens if this Assessment District does not pass?
The May 19, 2016 Septic Discharge Prohibition (the “Prohibition”) will remain in place. This means property owners will no longer be able to discharge waste water from their septic systems and they will have to comply with the Prohibition on their own. The 1% interest rate loan, currently saving property owners $15 million will also expire in September of 2015 if the Assessment District is not passed.

As always, we are available to answer any questions that you have about the Sewer Project. Please call 760-365-8333, extension 3 or email info@hdwd.com. There is also a community forum held every Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at HDWD’s Board Room.

More Next Week
I will be back next Saturday with more information about the Sewer Project.

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