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Provide budget feedback to the Board of Directors

February 09, 2021
Screenshot of balancing act budget simulation tool, and link to tool

Today Valley Water launched Balancing Act. The online budget simulation tool is a way for anyone to learn about Valley Water revenue and spending, and then provide input directly to the Board of Directors on where they think spending should be prioritized.

Public input is vital to ensure Valley Water's annual budget is designed to meet the needs of the community. You're encouraged to try the Balancing Act tool and share your feedback.

On the Balancing Act webpage, there are three areas of information: Revenue, Spending and Where the Money Goes.

The Revenue section shows the various ways money is provided to Valley Water. Spending shows the many ways that money is allocated. The Where the Money Goes pie chart gives a quick view of how spending in one area relates to the others.

The tool allows users to adjust how much might be spent in each category. The key is to maintain a balanced budget. If spending is increased in one area, it must be decreased in another.

There is a comment button on each item that can be used to provide input on specific items.

When the budget is balanced, users can submit their version, along with their comments, directly to Valley Water for consideration in the annual budgeting process.

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Valley Water manages an integrated water resources system that includes the supply of clean, safe water, flood protection and stewardship of streams on behalf of Santa Clara County's 2 million residents. The district effectively manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, an advanced recycled water purification center, a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, nearly 285 acres of groundwater recharge ponds and more than 294 miles of streams. We provide wholesale water and groundwater management services to local municipalities and private water retailers who deliver drinking water directly to homes and businesses in Santa Clara County.