By Mark Barnes
Once a year, the city’s Board of Corrections, a committee made up of the mayor and the city council, hears water rights related issues. On March 19, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at Kuna City Hall this committee will meet to hear appeals from the public and business developers regarding annexation, de-annexation, and recommendations from other city officials as to changes within the Kuna Municipal Irrigation District, a governing entity that oversees water and irrigation rights within Kuna. This year’s meeting just might prove to be the most exciting in years.
Kuna pays the Boise Kuna Irrigation District and two other irrigation districts for water that the Kuna Municipal Irrigation District uses. By its own rules and irrigation law, they are supposed to pass those costs on to water rights holders within the district. Unfortunately, due to errors and handshake deals over the last two decades, not everybody is paying their fair share. This causes rates to increase on those that do pay.
Mike Borzik, a GIS mapper with city of Kuna since 2008 has been looking at city irrigation maps and analyzing the 5,289 properties within the Kuna Municipal Irrigation district to ferret out these errors. Recently, some residents were notified that they should have been paying an irrigation assessment for the last 20 years. While the city does not currently plan on back billing for its oversight, the city stresses the importance that these properties need to pay the assessment if their property has a water right. Most of these properties are located in south Kuna.
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