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A regional district is a form of government that functions solely to handle drinking water, solid waste (trash), or wastewater infrastructure needs. A district may combine any of these purposes.
A governmental entity such as a County Commissioner, Council or Township Trustee makes the formal request.
In an area without public drinking water, trash, or sewers, forming a regional district is a way to provide these services to citizens.
Yes. Usually a committee is formed within the community to collect information and document the need for the service the area is seeking. Inform your local officials that you wish to be a part of the committee. Also, attend any public meetings as well as the public hearings that are held during the formation process.
You may appeal formation of the district only during and within thirty (30) days of signing of the Recommended Order (RO). The decision, described in the "Notice of Decision", may be administratively appealed. Filing an appeal is formally known as filing a "Petition of Administrative Review" to request an "administrative hearing". Filing an appeal is a legal proceeding.
When a petition is submitted to IDEM, a description of the boundaries of the requested district must be included. At that time you may view the petition at the local library. The IDEM Hearing Officer makes publication of notice in local newspapers in the affected county. If you are still not sure if you are located within the proposed boundaries, contact your local officials (e.g. County Commissioner, etc.).
Yes. A regional district may bill and collect rates and charges for the services to be provided after the contract for construction has been awarded and actual work has started.
If you are interested in inclusion in the district, you should contact your County officials.
Proposed rates are presented in the petition for formation. Once formed, regional districts are bodies of government with the direct authority to make decisions on sewer construction or repair, connection requirements, financing, user rates and fees. For more information on rate regulation and how to express your opinion and file a complaint regarding rates, please see the Resources section.
A regional district has the authority to determine whether or not to charge a connection fee and how much it will be.
Generally, each regional district goes through an audit by the Indiana State Board of Accounts (SBOA) every two years. The SBOA has the right to hold an audit or inspection more frequently if needed. Indiana Code 5-11-1-2 dictates a biennial audit while other circumstances prescribed through the Indiana Code may merit additional audits. These audits are available for inspection by the public pursuant to a public records request.
The regional district board may design a water or sewage project to extend to, and benefit, every lot, parcel of land or building in the service area. If this approach is taken, everyone who is extended service may be charged the user rate.
Regional Districts cannot charge a tax. They are supported by user fees. Usually if water and/or sewers are available your property values increase.
Yes there are. State and federal loan and grant programs include:
For more funding resources please see the Financial Resources section of this guide.
The regional district has the authority to apply for public funds. In some cases, the county will start the funding process then turn it over to the district once formed.
The formation process is briefly explained here. You will find additional information in the section entitled Forming a Regional District.
The process starts when a "fiscal body" of local government in the area of the proposed district submits a petition, or formal request, to IDEM. IDEM only responds to a petition from a governmental entity. IDEM does not initiate the action, but is legally required to respond to a request for action via an appropriately filed petition.
If you receive notice from IDEM that it has ordered a district's formation, you have thirty (30) days to file an appeal. IDEM'S notice will include instructions about how to remonstrate.
No, most regional districts are not. However, campgrounds are subject to Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) regulation. An owner or operator of a campground can file a complaint with IURC. For more information on this issue, please see the section entitled Resources or contact your local health and planning departments.
They should. The district should stay in contact with the planning department. When new building construction is close to the district, the district and planning department can discuss inclusion in the district. In addition, it is recommended that the district stay in regular contact with the local health department. If a property is or will be within three-hundred (300) feet of the district boundaries and is not yet connected, the health department and district should discuss permit issuance.