At a special meeting, Monday, June 18, the Pine Cove Water District Board of Directors adopted a resolution setting the standby assessments for fiscal year 2018-19.

The assessment is $30 per acre for each acre or portion in a single parcel. Only parcels without a water meter are assessed the fee, which is the same rate as 2017-18 and many years before.

The district will hold its annual public hearing on the standby assessment at the Aug. 8 board meeting.

Speaking in favor of the assessment was Pine Cove customer Jeff Smith. He complimented the district’s ability to enhance revenue with the leases at the Rocky Point communication site. These generate about $200,000 annually for PCWD.

However, Smith said these funds should enhance special projects such as the purchase of the Dutch Flats wells.

“Standby fees are important. If you reduce standby, you reduce the ability to do other projects that make this district so strong,” he said to the board. “It’s important to keep, if not increase, them. The economics says increase them more.”