In May 2016, for the first time in more than two decades, Byron-Bethany Irrigation District’s Board of Directors voted to authorize an increase to the District’s uniform, agricultural water rate.
“We know it will be difficult for our farmers and ranchers to shoulder this additional burden,” BBID General Manager Rick Gilmore said at the time. “BBID has been able to keep the same, low rate in place for more than 20 years, but recent events made this action unavoidable to protect the financial stability of the District.”
Though consultants recommended setting the rate at $102 per acre foot, the BBID Board ultimately decided to set the 2017 rate at $65 per acre foot, opting to use financial reserves to soften the blow to BBID’s growers.
Current and Future (Projected) Water Rates
Projected 2018 Rate
Projected 2019 Rate
Projected 2020 Rate
Proposition 218 Presentation
As part of the Proposition 218 process, CH2M Hill, BBID’s engineering firm, delivered a presentation to the BBID Board and general public, outlining the District’s revenues and expenditures.