Frequently Asked QuestionsFAQ about BVSD services, Special Districts, and the Inclusion Process
FAQ about BVSD Services
How do I make a payment?
There are 4 convenient ways to make a payment to BVSD:
- AUTO PAY Set up automatic withdrawal for convenient recurring monthly payments from your checking account
- MAIL payments to PO Box 3069, Buena Vista, CO 81211
- DROP OFF your payment at 26200 CR 301
- DROP BOX We have a drop box for completed forms and payments at City Market near the Customer Service desk, which is checked daily
What will my bill be next month?
Your bill is a flat monthly fee and will be the same as it was last month.
How much is a tap fee?
Tap fees vary on the drainage fixture units (DFU) that will be included in your building. To determine your tap fee, we will need to see a set of your plans. Please contact us for a quote and timeline.
Do you handle my water or water bill?
No, water is handled by the Town of Buena Vista. Please contact Town at 210 E Main Street or call 719-395-8643 extension 11.
Why didn’t you pick up my trash?
Buena Vista Sanitation District does not handle trash pickup. Please contact your waste removal service.
FAQ about Special Districts
What is a special district?
A special district is a quasi-municipal corporation and political subdivision of the State of Colorado formed to provide necessary public services that the county or municipality cannot otherwise provide. It is essentially a tax-exempt financing mechanism used for the installation, operation and maintenance of public infrastructure.
How is a special district governed?
A special district is governed by a five or seven member Board of Directors, who are elected by the registered electors within the district to staggered four-year terms. Anyone who is registered to vote in the State of Colorado and resides within the special district or who owns taxable property within the boundaries of the special district is eligible to serve on the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors may hire a manager, employees or consultants to carry out the purposes of the special district and to ensure compliance with all statutory requirements for the special district’s operations.
How does a special district function after organization?
A special district is a quasi-municipal corporation and political subdivision of the State of Colorado and must comply with the open meeting laws, public bidding requirements, any restrictions in its Service Plan, public budget law and public audit requirements. Typically, the Boards of Directors of a special district meet on a regular basis to handle the business of the District. Many special districts engage a professional management company, general counsel and an accountant experienced with governmental accounting to assist and advise in the District’s functions.
What are the benefits of a special district?
- A special district can raise funds for public infrastructure through municipal bonds (or other governmental grant or loan programs if applicable) with favorable rates and terms not available to private entities.
- Special districts are exempt from sales, use and other taxes for equipment, supplies and services allowing lower overhead costs.
- A special district is not in the business of making a profit from the facilities and services provided. Specific statutes govern the expenditures and revenues of special districts.
- State-obligated budget, audit and other financial filing and reporting requirements provide regulatory oversight of a special district’s operations.
- A special district is governed by local control over the services that are provided on a community basis. The special district is responsive and accountable for decisions through the election and public hearing processes. The business of the special district is conducted at public meetings.
- Special districts enjoy governmental immunity against certain legal actions thus avoiding expensive lawsuits and corresponding tax or fee increases.
- Because of its local nature, a special district is often better able to address issues of local concern to the community than could a larger county or municipality
FAQ about the Inclusion Process
How do I begin the inclusion process?
The owner of the property to be included must provide:
- A letter of intent to come into the District and a legal description that is being included. We prefer a Warranty Deed.
- A map showing the location of the property being included.
- A copy of the well permit for the property being included.
How much does inclusion cost?
The owner pays for the process of inclusion, which is usually less than $50.
How does the inclusion process work?
After receiving the letter of intent and legal documentation, the inclusion request is posted in the Chaffee County Times newspaper for a public hearing, and the District will obtain an affidavit of publication from the paper. The owner will seek approval by attending a Board Meeting. Approved inclusions will be filed with the court by sending a court order for the judge to sign, and the signed order is sent to the Clerk and Recorder to be filed. The District will send a letter to the owner to let them know how much they owe the District along with a copy of the recorded order. The owner is included in the District when payment is received.
How long does inclusion take?
The process of inclusion takes two to three months.
How much are tap fees outside the District?
If the property is not in the District, the tap fees and monthly fee are 1½ times what is charged for property that is in the District. Examples:
- Tap fee of $4,100 in the District will be $6,150 outside the District
- Monthly charges of $39 in the District will be $58.50 outside the District