District Budget

Northwest Groundwater Management District 4

Year Budget Land Charge Water Charge
2016 $496,397 $.05 $.418
2015 $519,587 $.05 $.447
2014 $637,382 $.05 $.495
2013 $561,680 *3 *4 $.05 $.495
2012 $490,770 *3 $.05 $.41
2011 $569,125 *3 *4 $.05 $.504
2010 $454,450 *3 $.05 $.37
2009 $433,455 *3 $.05 $.3457
2008 $438,965 *3 $.05 $.353
2007 $411,952 *3 $.05 $.32
2006 $434,250 *3 $.05 $.3466
2005 $419,365 *3 $.05 $.33
2004 $406,340 *3 $.05 $.315
2003 $383,271 $.05 $.17
2002 $471,540 $.05 $.057
2001 $453,675 *2 $.05 $.37
2000 $415,755 *2 $.05 $.3268
1999 $416,055 *2 $.05 $.3268
1998 $410,010 *2 $.05 $.3212
1997 $460,210 *2 $.05 $.376
1996 $337,434 $.05 $.376
1995 $328,031 $.045 $.08
1994 $212,220 $.045 $.082
1993 $224,335 $.05 $.109
1992 $224,335 $.05 $.1105
1991 $212,416 $.05 $.0965
1990 $213,560 $.05 $.0982

Footnotes:

*1: Figures are in US Dollars
*2: Budget includes an additional $181,000.00 for the weather modification program
*3: Budget includes an additional $.09 on the water user charge for the Conservation Foundation
*4: Budget includes an additional $100,000 on the water user charge for the purchase of an office building

Annual Budget Cycle

The proposed next year's operating budget is provided to the board for first look in January of the current year. A board approved, proposed budget, is next submitted to the district membership during the current year's annual meeting - in February. The membership consider the proposed budget and approves a working budget for public hearing later in the year - normally between May and August. Each years budget gets looked at 4 times before becoming final.

Financing Information

In order to obtain whatever budget is approved, the district applies both a land charge and a water user assessment to the tax statements of its eligible voters. KSA 82a-1030 is the statutory cite for this funding authority. The land assessment is limited to a maximum of $.05 (5 cents) per acre of land. The water user charge is limited to a maximum of $1.00 per acrefoot of water right held. The water user charge is assessed against the full amount of the water right unless a verified claim of less use is filed with the district by April 1 of the appropriate tax year. In this case, the established water user charge is assessed against the lesser amount actually used. In GMD 4, a meter reading is required to claim less water use than the authorized amount. The board may assess any water right a greater water user assessment than $1.00 per acrefoot, but not to exceed $1.50 per acrefoot, only if 50% or more of its authorized place of use lies outside the district boundary.
The budgets listed above generally represent the amount of money that district assessments have been established to bring in. This statement does not apply to the 2002 and 2003 operating budgets which are unique due to the process of returning the previously collected weather modification program funds to the water users. Each budget when approved has been higher than these figures by an amount equal to other, non-assessment income sources such as grants, interest income, contract income, etc. Because other income sources vary greatly from year to year, we use the local assessment income as the expression of our local budget which is most relevant from year to year.

Revised Budget Hearings

Every January, the board conducts a revised budget hearing in order to re-budget the previous year's carryover funds into the already approved current year's budget. This gives everyone one final look at the current year's budget. These hearings are publicly noticed per statute.