Madera County currently operates and maintains your sewer and/or water system. The County continually strives to be more efficient and cost effective at operating and maintaining your system. In an effort to improve services and reduce cost to our customers, the County is evaluating outsourcing portions or all of the Operations and Maintenance services.
FACTS ABOUT MADERA COUNTY SEWER AND WATER DISTRICTS.
- The County operates and maintains 34 individual sewer and water special districts.
- They were formed for the purpose of providing one or more specialized service(s) to the residents.
- Services provided may include water, sewer, lighting, drainage, landscaping and irrigation.
- 25 of these special districts are classified as Maintenance Districts (MD)
- 9 of these special districts are classified as County Service Areas (CSA)
- The County provides sewer and water service to approximately 6,000 customers.
- Madera County Board of Supervisors acts as the Board of Directors for all of the special districts, on behalf of each property owner in the district.
- The mission of Madera County is to efficiently manage these facilities for the benefit of the people in these districts.
SPECIAL DISTRICT CHALLENGES
- Several of these special districts have old and antiquated pipelines and facilities that need to be improved and/or replaced.
- Operating cost has increased due to rising utilities cost, increased repairs and maintenance needs of the aging pipelines and facilities.
- Several of these special districts lack adequate funding to pay for the proper operations and maintenance of their systems.
- Several of these special districts lack adequate funding to pay for major improvements and/or replacement of the aging pipelines and facilities.
- On November 5, 1996 California voters passed Proposition 218 which amended the California Constitution (Articles XIIIC and XIIID).
- Prop 218 requires that a local government have a majority vote of the affected property owners for any proposed new or increased assessment for major improvements and replacements.
- Prop 218 requires that a local government have a majority protest hearing for any proposed increases to the service charges for operations and maintenance.
- Prop 218 requires that all assessments must be supported by a detailed engineer's report prepared by a registered professional engineer certified by the State of California.
For more information regarding Prop 218 please visit the following websites:
On April 3, 2012, American Water Company made a presentation to the Board regarding exploring, evaluating, and issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the potential privatization of all the County's water and wastewater districts. The Board directed staff to evaluate "IF THIS MATTER SHOULD MOVE FORWARD WITH A REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ), AND HOW THE COSTS REALATED TO THE REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ) WOULD BE FUNDED. INCLUDE IN THE REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ) WHAT THE COUNTY MUST OR MUST NOT DO UNDER THE CEQA AND GENERAL PLAN AND BRING THE FINDINGS BACK TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS".
On August 20, 2012, Board approved the County Budget, removing the $40,000 budget allocation for consultant cost from RMA-Special Districts and directed staff to "draft the Letter of lntent requiring a ($40,000) deposit from prospective bidders to fund the study, refundable to unsuccessful bidders, said money to fund independent consultant to study privatization of special districts".
The Board of Supervisors held a special meeting on September 24, 2012, to discuss Utility Privatization business models. The Board established a special committee to work with staff to define the business models and address any other issues that may arise.
- 9-24-2012 Board Letter
- 9-24-2012 Staff Presentation
- Exhibit 1 – Engineering Privatization
- Exhibit 2 – New Economy of Water
- Exhibit 3 – Beyond Privatization
Utilities Special Committee Meetings
November 7, 2012
December 13, 2012
- Item F – Staff Presentation "County Counsel Responses"
- Item G - Staff Presentation "Public Outreach Program"
- Item H - Draft LOI
March 8, 2013
- Item F – County Counsel Response
- Item G Survey Results Presentation
- 2-28-13 Comments Received
- Item H Delinquency Policy Presentation
- Item I Draft Letter of Intent