Pioneer Irrigation District is a non-profit irrigation district providing irrigation water to 34,000+ acres in the Canyon County and extreme Western Ada County area in Idaho. Established in 1901, we are proud to be a part of the Treasure Valley's rich agricultural history and are continually looking for the best ways to manage water needs now and for the future for both agriculture uses and the ever growing residential population in the Treasure Valley.
IMPORTANT NEWS & UPDATES:
NOTICE OF HEARING
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Pioneer Irrigation District will conduct a Public Hearing pursuant to Idaho Code Sections 67-2322, 2323 and 2324 at the District Office, 3804 South Lake Avenue Caldwell, on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 7:00 o'clock p.m.
The purpose of the Public Hearing is to receive public comment on the transfer of certain drainage facilities, commonly known as the A Drain, B Drain, and C Drain ("Letter Drains"), from Pioneer Irrigation District ("Pioneer") to the City of Caldwell, Idaho ("Caldwell"). The transfer is provided for in a written Drain Transfer Agreement negotiated between the parties as part of a broader settlement of litigation that has been pending between them. The Drain Transfer Agreement provides, among other things, that:
1. Pioneer will transfer the Letter Drains to Caldwell including all of Pioneer's right, title and interest in Letter Drain easements and rights-of-way, any contract rights relating to the Letter Drains, and certain appurtenant personal property.
A complete copy of the Drain Transfer Agreement is available for review at Pioneer Irrigation District Office (3804 South Lake Avenue, Caldwell, phone 459-3617) during normal business hours. Written or oral comments about the proposed transfer are welcome. Auxiliary aids and services for persons with disabilities are available upon forty-eight (48) hours advance notice.
Notice of Taxes Due
Notice is hereby given that the 1st half 2014 assessments and taxes of Pioneer Irrigation District are due and payable no later than December 20, 2014. They will become delinquent December 20, 2014, if not paid.
At that time, a 2% penalty, interest and a recording fee will be applied to all delinquent accounts as stipulated by Idaho Code. Additionally, a delinquency lien will be filed at the Ada and/or Canyon County Recorder’s Offices and water will not be delivered to delinquent accounts.
Payment of irrigation taxes may be made at the offices of the District Treasurer located at 3804 S. Lake Ave., Caldwell, Idaho, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Payment may also be mailed to PO Box 426, Caldwell, ID 83606, and will be considered current if postmarked by December 20, 2013.
Pioneer Irrigation District Tax Deed Advertisement
Notice is hereby given to each of the owners or claimants of the properties hereinafter described, that if assessments of the Pioneer Irrigation District for the year 2011, together with penalty, interest, filing fees, service fees and costs of publication are not paid prior to the 31st day of December 2014, the Treasurer of the District will take a Tax Deed to the District as provided in Title 43 Sections 715 and 716 of the Idaho Code, on January 5th, 2015, sometime between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM at the Canyon County Recorder’s Office by Amber D. Jaquier, Treasurer for Pioneer Irrigation District.
Payment for redemption may be made from the date final publication costs are received from the newspaper until the hour of 5:00 PM on the 31st day of December, 2014.
The record owner or owners or any party in interest shall have adequate opportunity to be heard by the Board on December 8, 2014, to confront and cross-examine any evidence or witness against the record owner or owners, and obtain and present evidence on behalf of the record owner or owners or any party in interest. Written inquiries and objections shall be directed to the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of Pioneer Irrigation District, P.O. Box 426, Caldwell, Idaho, 83606; to be received by the same prior to 5:00 PM on December 4, 2014, concerning this notice and information contained herein. Verbal inquiries and objections shall not be considered for any purpose.
A hearing before the Board and judicial review of the Board’s decision are the exclusive remedies for challenging the issuance of the Tax Deed, and no other action can be taken to determine the validity of a properly executed tax deed which conveys complete title to the described land to Pioneer Irrigation District.
Lands for which delinquency entries have been entered at the Office of the Canyon County Recorder on July 20, 2012, and for which the assessments remain unpaid are as follows. Amounts shown include assessment, penalty, interest and service fees. Balances below are good thru 11/30/2014, if paying after the 30th of November please contact the District office for an unpdated balance due to interest is added on a monthly basis.
Tax Deed Advertisements
2014 Pioneer Irrigation District Tax Assessment
Pioneer Irrigation District is happy to announce that there will be only a small increase in the Administrative Fee for the 2014 irrigation tax assessment, the District Board of Directors said today.
Pioneer’s Board of Directors did not change operation and maintenance assessment of $71.00 per acre, but did increase the Assessment Expense charge from $20.00 to $25.89 per account. The 2014 assessment means the cost for a 1-acre lot will be $95.89 total, while cost for an 80-acre parcel of land will go up by only $5.89 in total, according to Pioneer Treasurer Amber Jaquier.
“The Board really hated to raise the costs to our patrons at all, but I am glad that the only increase is to the Assessment Expense,” said Alan Newbill, Chairman of the Pioneer Board. Mr. Newbill went onto explain that the District had to hire additional office staff due to the increased number of foreclosures and the need for staff to attempt to collect outstanding debts. On the flip side there has also been an increase in requests by relators and title companies for water rights and balances due on home purchases. The District has also seen an increase in the day to day purchases such as stamps and paper. “Everything is getting more expensive, we have seen a 5-7% increase in the cost of needed supplies. The Assessment Expense is a flat charge that is the same for all customers no matter how much land you own,” stated Ms. Jaquier.
The assessment notices will go out to Pioneer patrons in October. Patrons will have the option of paying their 2014 assessments in full by December 20, or in two payments: the first half by December 20 and the remainder by June 20, 2015. For more information about the assessment visit the Pioneer website at www.pioneerirrigation.com or contact the Pioneer office at 459-3617.
Remember when you need to order water please contact your ditchrider. If you do not know who your ditchrider is please contact the office at 459-3617.
Ordering water properly is imperative to our day to day operations. If Pioneer does not know you need water we will not be pulling it from storage. If you take water without ordering it prior you will be taking water from someone who did order it down the line. If you have any questions please contact us. Thank you!
Is my account past due? Click here and a pdf will open that should be searchable. The accounts are in account number order. If you have any questions or comments please contact Pioneer at 208-459-3617.
May 1, 2014 USDA Water Supply Outlook Report click here
Please click the link below to see the current reservoir levels:
This site is updated Monday thru Friday daily.
NEXT PIONEER BOARD OF DIRECTOR'S MEETING:
Next Board meeting will be held on February 4, 2015. To be on the agenda and address the Board, please call Pioneer's office at 459-3617.
Pioneer is governed
by a Board of Directors:
Board members are elected by property owners in the District.