Keeping the Treasure Valley flush with irrigated fields and green landscapes isn't getting any cheaper. The Pioneer Irrigation District, which pumps water to more than 34,000 acres throughout Canyon county and Western Ada County, is raising its 2013 irrigation assessment by $5 per acre, citing rising costs of electricity, fuels, chemicals, taxes and insurance. It's the first increase in five years and a 7.6 percent increase over the 2012 assessment.
The Pioneer Irrigation District Board of Directors set the 2013 operation and maintenance assessments at $71 per acre but did not increase the assessment expense charge of $20 per account. The 2013 assessment means the cost for a 1-acre or smaller lot will be approximately $91 while cost for an 80-acre parcel would go up by about $400.
Assessment notices will go out to Pioneer patrons in October. Property owners can pay the assessment in full by Friday, Dec. 20, or in two payments: the first half by December 20 and the remainder by Friday, June 20, 2014.
The District currently maintains about 5,800 accounts.