Apache Junction Water District to host public hearing on budget

A public hearing on the budget and rates proposed for 2014-15 for the Apache Junction Water District will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, in the Apache Junction Council Chambers, 300 E. Superstition Blvd.

The AJWD is a Community Facilities District that serves about one-third of the southern Apache Junction area, according to a press release. The balance of Apache Junction is served by Arizona Water Company, which is not affiliated with the district or the city.

AJWD is required to adopt an annual budget on or before Oct. 1. The adoption of the final budget is scheduled to take place May 20, at which time the rate schedule must be adopted, according to the release.

The proposed rate schedule reflects an increase of about 4.5 percent in most residential rates in order to cover maintenance and replacement costs as recommended in the AJWD Master Plan.

Reflected in the rate schedules is a 2.8-percent increase in connection fees based upon the Construction Price Index. This only applies to new connections to the system in order to limit the cost of new infrastructure for current customers, according to the press release.

Copies of the budget and fee schedules are available at the Apache Junction Water District office, 300 E. Superstition Blvd. For more information call AJWD Director Frank Blanco at 480-982-6030.

The Apache Junction Independent is mailed each month to 35,000 homes.

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