RMNA

A Citizen's Guide to the 50-year Water Supply

This graph illustrates the dramatic rise in annual debt payments for the Community Water Plan. Debt service (think mortgage) will go from the current $3.3 million to more than $12 million in 10 years. Today, charges for debt service and reserves already constitute more than 60% of the rate RWSA bills its two customers.

Where is the unrestricted reserve of $20.4 MILLION DOLLARS?

In 2002-03, in order to fund the $13 million Water Supply Plan of 2002, water rates were raised by 65% within two years.

When that plan was dropped, rates did not fall, instead have continued to rise.

Since 2002, RWSA has raised $32.5 million in net income above operating and debt expenses. Where is it?

RWSA NET INCOME (revenue - expenses)

  • 2002: $ 161,663
  • 2003: $1,936,843
  • 2004: $4,358,527
  • 2005: $3,885,859
  • 2006: $3,971,459
  • 2007: $6,213,742
  • 2008: $5,852,065
  • 2009: $6,073,334

  • TOTAL = $32,453,492

CITY RESOURCES:

How much of this reserve was contributed by the city? If reserves are going to be used for the water supply plan, a cost share allocation must be determined and then should be applied to the reserves as well as future debt service on the plan. Currently and according to the 2003 cost-share agreement, the split is 27% city - 73% county.

RWSA Annual Report for 2009
RWSA Annual Report for 2008
RWSA Annual Report for 2007

Excerpts from the Charlottesville Sustainability Policy

Conservation – "conserve and protect our region’s natural resources."

Restoration – "to promptly and responsibly correct conditions that hinder sustainable environments."

5-year CIP 2009-2014
September 13, 2007 public meeting

May 21, 2007 memo from TF to RWSA Board
RWSA Budget FY 2010
2006 permit support document DEQ permit
cost share allocation email

OTHER
Email: rate analysis 2008; page 1; page 2;