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CWA approves weighted vote allocation

Joe Naiman

Village News Reporter

Although the Rainbow Municipal Water District and the Fallbrook Public Utility District have detached from the San Diego County Water Authority and will be utilizing the Eastern Municipal Water District for wholesale purchases, the detachment from the SDCWA included an exit fee to be paid over five years and Rainbow and FPUD will retain seats and votes on the CWA board until each district’s final payment is made.

The 2024 weighted vote allocations for the CWA member agencies approved during the November 16 CWA board meeting thus include Rainbow and FPUD along with Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, which is remaining part of the CWA.

Rainbow will have 3.849% of the weighted vote, a slight decrease from the 3.892% the district had for 2023 board meetings. The FPUD share of the weighted vote will be 2.164 percent, which is down from the 2023 entitlement of 2.205%. The 2024 Camp Pendleton weighted vote of 0.075% is a drop from the 2023 allocation of 0.078%.

The member vote entitlement is calculated based on the total cumulative financial contribution from each agency since the CWA was formed in 1944. The contribution amount includes all taxes, assessments, fees and charges paid to or on behalf of the CWA by property located within the member agency's boundary by the June 30 end of the previous fiscal year. The cost of water treatment is not included in the total financial contribution, but the totals include standby charges, capacity charges, infrastructure access charges, readiness-to-serve charges, connection and maintenance fees and annexation fees as well as charges for water delivered and sold to CWA member agencies.

The total cumulative financial contribution of the 24 CWA member agencies including FPUD and Rainbow was $16,876,247,910 as of June 30. The cumulative contributions through the end of fiscal year 2021-2022 were $16,166,693,662.

Rainbow’s cumulative contribution at the conclusion of fiscal year 2022‑2023 was $649,657,511. The district had cumulative contributions of $629,152,426 on June 30, 2022. FPUD had 2022-2023 cumulative payments of $365,271,211 and had provided $356,419,324 through June 30, 2022. U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton’s total payments were $12,681,713 at the end of fiscal year 2022-2023 and $12,607,898 as of June 30, 2022.

During 2022 meetings, Rainbow had 3.926% of the weighted vote, FPUD had a weighted vote of 2.238%, and the Camp Pendleton weighted vote was 0.081%. For the 2021 board meetings, the weighted vote was 3.923% for Rainbow, 2.256% for FPUD and 0.084% for Camp Pendleton. In 2020 Rainbow had a 3.975% share, FPUD’s share was 2.275%, and the Camp Pendleton weighted vote was 0.088%. The weighted vote allocation for 2020 also included a change in the increment from 1/100 of a percent to 1/1000 of a percent.

The Rainbow weighted vote was 3.99% for 2019, 4% in 2018, 4.04% for 2017 meetings, 4.07% during 2016, 4.08% for 2015, 4.06% at 2014 meetings, 4.09% during 2013, 4.11% in 2012, 4.14% during 2011, 4.16% for 2010 meetings, 4.19% during 2009, 4.20% in both 2007 and 2008, and 4.21% for 2006. FPUD’s share was 2.30% during 2019, 2.32%in 2018, 2.35% for 2017, 2.37% in 2016, 2.39% at 2015 meetings, 2.41% during 2014, 2.43% in 2013, 2.45% during 2012, 2.46% for 2011 meetings, 2.49% in 2010, 2.50% during 2009, 2.51% in both 2007 and 2008, and 2.52% during 2006.

Camp Pendleton’s allocation was 0.09% for 2018 and 2019, 0.10% in 2016 and 2017, 0.11% during 2015, 0.12% for 2013 and 2014, 0.13% at 2011 and 2012 meetings, 0.14% in 2009 and 2010, 0.15% during 2008, 0.16% for 2007, and 0.17% in 2006.

A separate Thursday, Nov. 16, CWA action seated Jake Wiley as Rainbow’s new representative to the CWA board. Member agency representatives on the CWA board are selected by their agencies’ governing bodies. A member agency representative is not required to be a board member or staff member, nor are they required to live within the boundaries of that member agency.

Tom Kennedy, who had been Rainbow’s general manager before retiring Oct. 4, had been Rainbow’s CWA representative since February 2015. He became Rainbow’s general manager in August 2014. At the time, Dennis Sanford was the Rainbow delegate to the CWA board, but when Sanford became the Rainbow board president for 2015, he stepped down from the CWA board to focus on his Rainbow board duty. Kennedy retired effective Oct. 4, and Wiley took over as the district’s general manager.

The Wednesday, Nov. 1, Rainbow board meeting included a 5-0 vote to appoint Wiley as Rainbow’s CWA representative. CWA board members serve six-year terms and can be reappointed by their agencies. Wiley’s term expires in February 2027.

Joe Naiman can be reached by email at [email protected].

 

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