Why does my tax bill show an increase in a SMWD improvement district bond levy?

To fund water and sanitation infrastructure for our eight improvement districts, SMWD has issued General Obligation Bonds (with the exception of Talega, which issued Community Facility District bonds to finance the infrastructure). General Obligation Bonds are paid for by the area directly benefitting from the facilities and payments (principal and interest) to the bondholders are collected through the County of Orange Treasurer-Tax Collector's office via property tax bills. SMWD develops the annual tax rates to repay the bonds based on the Treasurer-Tax Collector's assessed value of the land. Property owners may see variances in the tax rates for these Improvement Districts when assessed property values increase or decrease.

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1. Where does our water come from?
2. Who is the Metropolitan Water District?
3. How much does our water cost to import?
4. How does SMWD determine its water rates?
5. What are the current water and sewer rates?
6. How does the District's tiered rate structure work?
7. What can I do to lower my bill?
8. Why do I pay a power surcharge?
9. An item on my bill reads "WHOLESALE PASS THRU CHRG." What is it?
10. Does SMWD offer a low income rate?
11. Why does my tax bill show an increase in a SMWD improvement district bond levy?
12. What has SMWD done to reduce its dependency on imported water?
13. What is gray water? Can I use it?
14. What are the official rules and regulations concerning water, recycled water and wastewater service?