NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

BEAUFORT-JASPER WATER AND SEWER AUTHORITY

FISCAL YEAR 2021-2022 OPERATING BUDGET

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held before the Members of the Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, the 15th day of June 2021. The hearing will be held at the office of Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority, which is located at 6 Snake Road, Okatie, SC.  The purpose of the public hearing will be to allow members of the public to express their views regarding the proposed operating budget for Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority for Fiscal Year 2021-2022.  All persons who attend the public hearing will be given an opportunity to speak.  Copies of the proposed budget are available at the Authority office. A copy may also be obtained from the Authority’s website at www.bjwsa.org.  As required by Section 6-1-80, Code of Laws South Carolina, 1976, as amended, the public is advised of the following:

  1. The budget of Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority for the current Fiscal Year calls for revenues of $73,670,000 and expenses of $70,053,000.
  1. The proposed budget of Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 calls for total projected revenues of $80,153,000, operating expenses of $71,722,000 and non-operating expenses of $4,101,000.  These amounts include non-operating revenue, capacity fees, contributed capital, depreciation and interest expense.  Annual Capital Improvement Program Spending, which is included in the Capital Budget, is not included.
  1. The proposed revenues for the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 operating budget of Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority are comparable to revenues from the operating budget for the current Fiscal Year.
  1. Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority has proposed changes to its schedule of ancillary fees and charges effective July 1, 2021.  Customer water and sewer rates are proposed to increase effective July 1, 2021.  The monthly base facility charge for residential water customers is projected to increase $0.50.  The monthly base facility charge for residential sewer customers is projected to increase $1.00.  A complete schedule of the proposed new rates is included in the budget.
  1. Beaufort-Jasper Water and Sewer Authority does not levy ad valorem property taxes.  The Authority relies on user charges to meet its operational needs.