& Rate Info
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:
Questions and Answers About A Change In Assessment Calculation
Pioneer has changed the method by which irrigation assessments are calculated for certain parcels of land within the District. The change applies only to parcels that are less than 1-acre in size. Here are some common questions and answers about the change that may be useful to people who have questions. If you have other questions, please contact us by email – firstname.lastname@example.org – or call the District office at 459-3617.
Q. What is the situation regarding the change that has been made in the way my assessment is calculated?
A. Idaho law governing how assessments are calculated is complicated, and provides irrigation districts with multiple options for how they can assess small parcels.
In 1982, the Legislature enacted Idaho Code Section 43-701B---Flat Rate Assessments for Tracts of One Acre or Less. The statute provides irrigation districts the option to assess a flat fee for residential tracts less than 1 acre in size based upon a calculation formula present in the statute. The provision was designed to ease the administrative burden on irrigation districts making the calculation of the assessment costs for ever increasing numbers of small parcels of land within their boundaries, particularly smaller residential parcels.
Recently we discovered that we had incorrectly applied the assessment formula to those parcels under 1-acre in size. That prompted us to immediately do a comprehensive review of our computerized assessment process. That review revealed that we were wrong in our interpretation of the statutory assessment formula. That meant our computerized process needed to be changed.
We took immediate action to change the computerized system by which we calculate assessments for parcels of 1-acre or less so that it now follows the procedures outlined in the Idaho Code. And the District no longer uses the flat rate assessment option allowed under Idaho Code Section 43-701B.
Q. How many Pioneer accounts are affected by this situation?
A. The change will apply to 3,224 accounts out of a total of approximately 5,800 accounts.
Q. Does the change apply to parcels of land that are larger in size than 1 acre?
A. No. Only parcels of less than l acre are involved.
Q. I own a parcel that is less than 1-acre in size. What action have you taken to correct my 2013 irrigation tax assessment?
A. We have sent out revised assessment notices to those people affected by the change along with a letter of explanation from the Pioneer Board of Directors. The revised assessment is now based on the actual size of your parcel, not the optional flat rate formula provided in Idaho Code Section 43-701B. That should mean a reduction in the amount of your 2013 irrigation tax bill.
For example, the incorrect 2013 assessment on a 0.50-acre lot previously was $91.00; the corrected assessment is now $55.00. The incorrect 2013 assessment on a 0.25-acre lot was $91.00; the corrected assessment is now $37.75.
Q. I have already paid the amount indicated in the assessment invoice I received in October. What should I do now?
A. You have two options from which you can choose.
1. Do Nothing. You can leave things as they are and Pioneer will carry forward as a credit the difference between the original and the revised assessment. That balance will then be applied to your 2014assessment. If we do not hear from you in writing within 30 days we will assume this is your choice.
2. Get A Refund. If you would rather have us refund the difference between your original and revised assessment, please request a refund in writing within 30 days. You should mail your request to: P.O. Box 426, Caldwell, ID 83606 or send it by email to: email@example.com.
Be sure to give us your name and the account number listed on the assessment. We will mail the refund to you as soon as we can.
Q. What about previous years?
A. We are researching that question at the moment. We are trying to determine what further actions, if any, are or are not allowed under the Idaho laws that govern the assessment process. We hope to have an answer soon and will let our patrons know when we do.
NEXT PIONEER BOARD OF DIRECTOR'S MEETING:
Monday, February 24, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. 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.