A budget for the 2007-2008 fiscal year and wholesale water rates were adopted Tuesday evening by the board of directors of the Brown County Water Improvement District No. 1.

The board approved rates of $1.1970 per 1,000 gallons of treated water, and $.6565 per 1,000 gallons of untreated water. Those rates reflect increases of 6.25 percent for treated water, which is purchased for distribution by the cities of Brownwood and Bangs, among others, and of 8.47 percent for untreated water, which is purchased by the City of Early.

The $2,298,325 budget for the fiscal year beginning Sept. 1 is an 8.69 percent increase from the current $2,114,575 budget, General Manager John Chisholm said. The budget includes a 3 percent cost-of-living raise for employees and a 5 percent increase in the cost of group health insurance. Also in the spending plan are $25,000 for a mandated fence around the intake valve at the dam for security purposes, and the same amount to help pay for a new truck, a new lake patrol boat and dock replacement. Chisholm said the purchase of a needed dump truck will be delayed until another year as cash demands are high as construction gears up on a new water treatment plant.

Board members approved several budget amendments to wrap up the 2006-2007 fiscal year, and were told that the district needed to dip into its cash balance as some expenses like utilities were over budget. However, the district would not have to withdraw funds from its certificates of deposit, as it did in 2005 when $50,000 was needed to help acquire a dump truck.

In other business, Chisholm told directors that Tina Hanson has left the engineering firm of Freese and Nichols, and that company vice president Mike Morrison has assumed duties as project manager of the new membrane water treatment plant under construction.

“The water treatment plant’s foundation work is under way, and they’re hoping to pour concrete this week for the membrane building,” Chisholm said.

Chisholm also said district officials are looking at requests for additional “no-wake” zones at Lake Brownwood, as bigger boats being used on the lake create added turbulence.

The board also approved a request by Ronnie Middleton for a water line license agreement on district property near the lake so his home can access a Brookesmith SUD water line.