By Mark Barnes
The annual Board of Corrections met last Tuesday, March 19, 2013, to discuss issues regarding the Kuna Municipal Irrigation District. With recent corrective measures to resident’s irrigation assessments many Kuna residents saw an assessment bill for the first time this year. According to Kuna city officials, some residents should have been paying for almost 20 years. Instead, the city has been paying the annual water bill from the Boise Kuna Irrigation District without reimbursement from water rights. This year’s meeting took steps to correct that.
The Kuna Municipal Irrigation District Board of Corrections is made up of the current sitting city council members and the mayor. Effectively, it is the city council and mayor, just wearing different hats. They met on Monday evening for a work session to get up to date on the city’s irrigation water issues and to develop a working plan for future improvements.
The Board of Corrections addressed several agenda items. First was what to do about the Plateau and Oasis Subdivisions. When these subdivisions were annexed in to the KMID in 1992, the resident’s were supposed to pay the annual irrigation assessment. This fee was, in turn, supposed to pay for Kuna’s purchase of water from the Boise Kuna Irrigation District. Pressure irrigation lines were not constructed at the time of the subdivision’s construction, and are still unavailable.
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