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Winter 2011 Newsletter

Welcome to Vista Vu Water Users Association's newsletter. Our purpose is to keep you informed about important activities and projects that your Board of Trustees is undertaking on your behalf.

2012 Budget Adopted

Your Board of Trustees has adopted a budget for 2012 that reflects a substantial increase in expenses following our domestic system expansion and arsenic remediation project. We must repay our Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) and PUD Conservation loans; we must test for arsenic every month; the arsenic adsorption media must be replaced every 19 months; and, the PUD rate increases will over-ride the power savings we've been able to gain from our Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs). Our goals were to fairly allocate these increased costs to users, to make the domestic system self-sustaining, and to re-balance the domestic and irrigation budgets.

While everyone benefits from reduced arsenic in their drinking water, only those who have legally dividable land parcels benefit from the expanded system capacity. And, until parcels are actually developed, hook-up fees paid, and water starts to flow, the Association gets no revenues to cover the new infrastructure costs. We have therefore decided to levy an Infrastructure Fee of $10 per month on each built and buildable lot. Everyone who has a domestic hook-up will face at least this minimum increase in domestic dues in 2012, but only those with additional buildable land will pay more than $10 per month: Those with 10.5+ acres will pay $20; 15.75+ acres will pay $30; 21+ acres $40 in Infrastructure Fees.

The Capital Replacement Fund assessment of $100 per owner will be continued this year. This assessment was approved by the Membership at its 2010 Annual meeting in March and will appear again in July's statements.

In recent years, irrigation revenues have produced small surpluses. With our new VFD in place saving power and a recent pump overhaul, your Board felt it safe - on a trial basis - to reduce the Irrigation fee from $150 per acre per year to $145. Since larger landowners will benefit more than smaller ones, this fee reduction will partially offset the increases they will face in Infrastructure Fees.

Your January billing will reflect these changes. Please change your Auto-Pay instructions accordingly, if you pay that way. We will continue the policy of requiring owners to write separate checks for their domestic and irrigation bills.

Click on the "Finances and Budget" link on the left for a more detailed discussion of our financial condition.

Finally, your Board wishes each of you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Board of Trustees,
Vista Vu Water Users Association

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For further information contact: Stu Skidmore, President; Doug Marsh, Vice President;
Bob Goodwin
, Secretary/Treasurer; Mike Stenberg, Trustee; or, Ken Vanderstoep, Trustee.

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