Administration

Disconnecting from the City’s Utility Service

When City Council repealed and reenacted Chapter 13, Municipal Utilities, of the Salida Municipal Code earlier this year, a provision was added regarding the disconnection of service. Section 13-2-210 provides that “any property owner who desires to disconnect a water or wastewater service line must give written notice to the City.” We developed a form […]

Accessory Structure Fee Deferral and Fee Suspension Agreements Available

In May of this year, City Council repealed and reenacted Chapter 13 of the Salida Municipal Code, which governs water and sewer service. The new code provided for a change in the treatment of residential properties that include both a primary and accessory structure. To reduce quarterly service charges for the account, the owners of […]

Public Forums Scheduled to Discuss Possible Sales Tax Revenue Ballot Initiatives

The Chaffee County Commissioners will be holding two Town Forums to discuss the Sales Tax Revenue Ballot Initiative. These forums will be held at the Chaffee County Fair Grounds on July 25 at 6:30 p.m. and the Buena Vista Community Center in the Pinon Room on July 27 at 6:30 p.m. more »

Utility Code Questions and Recent Changes Explained

The recent increase in water rates is a hot topic of discussion. The reasons for the increase were explained in articles over the past several months. This post covers some other changes to the utility code and fee schedule. I would also like to address a few of the questions that customers frequently … more »

City Receives Clean Audit Opinion

The City’s independent accounting firm recently presented an unqualified or “clean” audit opinion on Salida’s 2010 financial statements. The City’s financial position improved during 2010 despite overall weak economic conditions and a 1.3% decrease in taxable sales reported within the City. The sales tax trend improved in the later part of the year, and a […]

New Utility Code Nears Completion

A significant project is underway at the city. Over the next several months, we will re-write the Salida Municipal Code. The water and wastewater utilities chapter is the first to be addressed. The ordinance adopting the revised code will be presented to city council on April 19 for approval on first reading. Changes of most […]

Water Rates Will Increase April 1st

Council approved a water rate increase that will go into effect April 1, 2011. For well over a year now, we have discussed the need to increase water rates to keep up with costs. The fund is not breaking even and reserves are depleted. Water service is provided to residents and property owners in Salida […]

Rates to be increased for water service

A revised water rate study recently completed by the city’s engineering firm Schmueser Gordon Meyer (SGM) is now available for review. The draft study, which was made available on March 1st, indicated rates are well below the required level to pay for the cost of the plant and water system. Alternatives for increasing rates will be considered by the … more […]

Re-writing the Salida Municipal Code

The City has begun a project to re-write the Salida Municipal Code. The primary goals of this project are two-fold – increase the relevance of the code by removing obsolete regulations and improve the city’s operating efficiency. Before approving the 2011 budget, the City Council asked staff to review the work performed in each department. […]

Budget Shortfalls Avoided

Those who have followed the public meetings and articles about the city budget may have picked up conflicting messages. Earlier this year, we expected a shortfall for 2010. Budget work sessions for 2011 led off with similar concerns. Recently, we discussed how much reserves will increase and future resources will be freed up after final […]