Welcome to the Ben Davis Conservancy District.
Our main goal is to make sure the sanitary sewer system remains open and flowing for the residents in the District.
However we maintain ONLY the sanitary sewer system and are not responsible for storm water drainage or run-off.
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Notice of Public Hearing – PDF
TO: ALL FREEHOLDERS, ALL CONTRACT CUSTOMERS, ALL PERSONS BEING CHARGED EXCEPTIONAL BENEFITS CHARGES, AND ALL INTERESTED PERSONS OF THE BEN DAVIS CONSERVANCY DISTRICT
You are hereby notified that the Directors of the Ben Davis Conservancy District (“BDCD”) will entertain and hear comments on a resolution to increase the charge from $28 to $32 per EDU (“Equivalent Dwelling Unit”) per month as the charge for an EDU effective January 1, 2022 (said resolution includes an increase in the tax-exempt unmetered rate to $144.00 per month and an increase in the metered rate to $3.60 per 1000 gallons) pursuant to a proposed schedule of all rates and charges contained in a tariff, on the 2022 Budget Resolution, and on a salary resolution. A copy of the proposed tariff and resolutions are on file with the offices of the Ben Davis Conservancy at 703 S. Tibbs Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46241, and may be obtained by calling (317) 241-2941 or by viewing the official Ben Davis Conservancy website at bdconservancy.com.
You are further advised that a public hearing on said matters will be heard on the 20th day of September 2021, at the hour of 6:30 p.m. at Fleming Garden Christian Church, 530 S. Taft Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46241. You are invited to attend said hearing and present matters to the Directors relevant to the resolutions of the Board of Directors.
Dated: September 8, 2021
BEN DAVIS CONSERVANCY BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Explanation as to why the increase in User Fees
- For years the Conservancy Residents got a great deal and paid much less than the residents of the old Indianapolis Sanitary System. Almost 97% of the residents paid less for sewer service than everyone else in the County.
- The City of Indianapolis sold its sewer system to CWA Water Authority, Inc. and they were ordered by the IURC to renegotiate all contracts with Ben Davis, Greenwood, Lawrence and other satellite systems. As all sewer charges will dramatically increase due to the mandate to clean up the White River by the Environmental Protection Agency and the IURC did not feel that Ben Davis should be unaffected by the increase in sewage processing fees that everyone in Marion Count and its environs witll face.
- The Conservancy intervened in the rate case and after months of negotiation, the case was settled and the conservancy and the other litigants are required to gradually increase the costs to CWA for sewage processing with the largest increase per gallon incurring in 2019. (This is why the property tax rate for 2019 could not be lowered
- The Conservancy has three options: 1. Dissolve and be thrown into the CWA district; 2. Build a treatment plant ; or 3. Stay with CWA for a time and try to collect the sewer processing charges so that building a treatment plant is an option. The best alternative is not clear, but if we can collect 90% of our sewer processing fees for a few years and if the estimated benefit to the freeholders is determined by our financial expert to be substantial, the board is inclined to ask for authority to build a treatment plant. This however cannot be determined until such time as our collections are at 90% for a period of at least two years.
- THIS PDF WAS AN EXPLANATION THAT WAS READ TO ALL WHO ATTENDED THE PUBLIC HEARING ON DEC 17, 2018. PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ AND UNDERSTAND. Public Hearing Dec. 17th SUMMARY READ