The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) budget outlines the annual financial plan for our programs, grants, regulatory/inspection duties, communications/education, and other work. The MCWD structures its budget with a responsible, long-term management perspective to reach shared MCWD and community goals for water quality and management while ensuring long-term capacity to provide quality service to residents.
The MCWD operates on a calendar financial year. Funded through local property taxes, the MCWD strives to be accountable to the public, state and local governments, and residents. Transparency is a critical part of being accountable. As a result, here you will find information on MCWD’s budget structure, as well as actual budget plans.
The Budget Process
The MCWD follows an open, public process to review and adopt its annual budget and welcomes public input. MCWD program managers prepare annual work plans and budget drafts each spring and submit them to the MCWD Administrator in June.
After review by the Administrator, a draft budget is submitted to the Finance Committee and the Board of Managers for review. In August, the MCWD adopts a preliminary budget and levy. In September, the preliminary budget is reviewed in detail by the Board of Managers and a public hearing is held to solicit input from the community. After this process a final budget and tax levy are adopted.