Assessment Fees

RRWCD Special Virtual Board Meeting

Special Board meeting – February 12, 2024

offered virtually and in person

410 Main Street, Suite 8, Wray, CO  80758

Proposed Agenda

(Times are Approximate)

2:00 PM – Welcome – Rod Lenz – President of the Board

  1. Pledge of Allegiance & Prayer
  2. Roll call of Directors/declare a quorum – Kristen Schneider, Secretary of the Board 
  3. Introduction of guests
  4. Approve the agenda

2:10 PM – Approval of Irrigated Property Lease

  1. Recommendation to Board – Steve Kramer – Vice President
    1. Discuss and vote on lease bids

2:30 PM – RAMP Applications

  1. Review RAMP blind evaluation – Payton Liming, Administrative Assistant
    1. Discuss and vote on RAMP applications

2:45 PM – Professional rates

  1. Review 2024 accounting rate – Rod Lenz, Board President
    1. Discuss and vote on 2024 accounting rate

3:00 PM – Executive session to receive legal advice on legal questions and litigation concerning South Fork water rights; to discuss and determine positions, develop strategies, and instruct negotiators concerning the purchase or lease of water rights; determine positions and instruct negotiators concerning water supply acquisition, receive legal advice on legal questions related to such agreements, contracts and easements, discuss program applications; Compact Compliance and discussions with Kansas (to the extent subject to privilege), and the Compact Compliance Pipeline and Bonny Reservoir, and to discuss personnel matters

3:30 PM – Adjourn meeting

RRWCD FEE INCREASED TO $30 PER IRRIGATED ACRE

RRWCD FEE INCREASED TO $30 PER IRRIGATED ACRE

The county assessors and treasurers are working on the 2023 tax rolls for their counties.  The tax roll includes an assessment on irrigated acres from the Republican River Water Conservation District (RRWCD). 

The RRWCD assessments fund the district’s ongoing Compact Compliance efforts.  In the past, the assessment was $14.50 per irrigated acre.   Acres irrigated in the 2022 calendar year will be assessed $30 per acre on the upcoming tax roll.

In 2016, the Republican River Compact Administration (RRCA), consisting of the State Engineers from Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado, approved a Resolution which allowed Colorado 100 percent credit for the water delivered by the Compact Compliance Pipeline. 

In exchange for the 100 percent credit, Colorado agreed to retire 25,000 irrigated acres in the South Fork Focus Zone (SFFZ), located in parts of Kit Carson and Yuma counties, by the end of 2029. Colorado must have 10,000 irrigated acres permanently retired in this area by the end of 2024 and the remaining 15,000 acres retired from irrigation by December 31, 2029.

Colorado State Engineer, Kevin Rein, previously stated that if Colorado does not retire the acres by the deadlines stipulated in the 2016 RRCA Resolution, he will shut down all large capacity wells in the Republican River Basin. This includes all irrigation, municipal and large commercial wells.

Throughout 2021, the RRWCD held over 30 public meetings all over the basin to discuss increasing the water use fee to offset the additional expense of retiring acres in the South Fork Focus Zone. 

During the November 2021 quarterly Board meeting the RRWCD held a public hearing on increasing the RRWCD Water Use Fee Assessment from $14.50 per irrigated acre to $30 per irrigated acre.  The board voted unanimously to approve increasing the annual fee with the stipulation the fee would “sunset” (return to $14.50) at the end of 2029.  The board deemed it crucial to have a dependable source of funding in place to meet the retirement of acres required to meet the 2024 and 2029 deadlines. 

Landowners who own irrigated land throughout the basin are eligible to enter conservation program contracts.  Every week producers in the basin meet with the RRWCD staff to discuss the voluntary, permanent retirement of irrigated acres in the basin for new and current conservation programs. Working with well owners and local Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offices, the RRWCD has retired 6,278 irrigated acres in the SFFZ.

For more information contact the RRWCD district office, 970-332-3552 or call Deb Daniel, RRWCD General Manager, at 970-630-3525.

Public Notice

Public Notice

Regarding a Potential for a Future Per Acre-Foot Fee that Could Include 2022 Water Use