All COID patrons will see changes to assessments beginning January 1, 2020. The Habitat Conservation Plan assessment will increase by $50 in 2020.
This increase is part of planned annual assessment (rate) increases between 2020 and 2022. The increases will help pay for irrigation district operation and maintenance costs, cover the administrative costs of servicing patron accounts, and the increased cost of administering the Habitat Conservation Plan. The planned rate adjustments are based on a detailed rate study that provides a pricing structure and plans to meet COID’s long-term obligations.
The District’s ability to provide reliable irrigation water depends greatly on having sufficient revenue, most of which comes from patron charges. Hydropower has been a stable revenue source for the District since 1989, allowing the district to invest in capital projects and keep patron rates stable since 2008. In 2007 COID began using hydropower revenue to supplement increasing operations and maintenance costs. In 2019, 40% of COID’s operations and maintenance expenses were supplemented by hydropower revenue.
COID’s existing hydropower contract expires in 2021 with a five-year rate reduction. By 2026, the District is anticipating a 60% revenue loss from hydropower. The lost funds from the hydropower need to be replaced by patron assessments. The District is working to renew contracts; however, there is a need to stabilize long-term funding through increased assessments.
If you have questions about the assessment changes, please contact Customer Service at 541-548-6047, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.