Editor's note: An earlier version of this story wasn't clear that the $2,200 fee will be charged to residents who don't live in the Horizon Six water district but want to be connected to its services. The story has been updated for clarity.
Property owners could be required to pay a $2,200 fee to be connected to the Horizon Six Development District’s 35-year-old water infrastructure.
The Mohave County Board of Supervisors, which manages the district, will hold a July 15 public hearing to discuss the fee, which will be charged to residents who want to be connected to Horizon Six water services but live outside the district's boundaries.
The proposed new $2,200 fee will be a one-time expense to landowners, per parcel. That fee will increase by $50 per year after 2019.
The county also hopes to extend an agreement with Lake Havasu City to deliver Colorado River water to the district. The agreement calls for Havasu to deliver the district's allotment of 170 acre feet of water to residents in Donkey Acres. As of this year, according to county records, the district used only 49 percent of its maximum water usage under the agreement.
The Lake Havasu City Council approved the intergovernmental agreement for water usage unanimously during Tuesday’s meeting.
In other Horizon Six water news, the Lake Havasu City Fire Department has for the past decade offered fire protection services to the Horizon Six district under a contract with Mohave County, but that agreement is expected to expire at the end of this month. City officials have said they have no intention to renew the agreement, as the financial burden of providing such services far outweighs compensation from the county, due to the district’s outdated water infrastructure. When that agreement expires, according to statements by Lake Havasu City Fire Chief Brian Davis, Havasu firefighters will still respond to subdue fires in the area – but it will be Donkey Acres residents themselves who foot the bill.
This isn’t the first renovation to Horizon Six’s water system, however. In 2017, the district replaced its booster station with funding sourced exclusively to Horizon Six property owners.