The MMWD Board of Directors considered adopting a reduced budget for fiscal year 2010-11 at the July 21 board meeting, but decided to postpone the final adoption of the budget until August 18. The original operating budget of $67.4 million, which was developed in June 2009, has been reduced to a proposed budget of $51.0 million. The cuts are needed to account for the reduced water sales over the last year and the ongoing downturn in the economy. One of the main issues of concern with the lower budget is the suspension, temporarily, of conservation rebates.
At the August 18 meeting the MMWD board will receive a report on the accomplishments of the district’s conservation program for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2010. The board will also receive a report on revenues to date for FY2011. At that time they will take another look at the proposed budget and consider their options for adopting a reduced budget while maintaining quality conservation and other programs and services.