Member Land FAQ
Regarding Member Lands (MLS)
What is the CAGRD?
I have a Central Arizona Groundwater Replenishment District (CAGRD) assessment on my property tax bill. What is this?
Do I have to pay the CAGRD tax?
How does the CAGRD determine what I have to pay?
Why is the CAGRD assessment on my home different from my neighbor's?
How can I reduce the assessment I have to pay to the CAGRD?
My property tax bill has a CAGRD replenishment assessment, but my neighbor across the street does not. Why?
- New water laws became effective in Arizona in 1995. If your neighbor's house was built prior to 1995, there would be no replenishment obligation for water delivered to their home.
- If your neighbor's home was built after 1995, it may be located within the service area of a water provider that has enrolled as a Member Service Area of the CAGRD. If this is the case, their replenishment assessments are collected by their water provider along with their monthly water bills.
- Their water provider may not be delivering groundwater to their home. If this is the case, then there is no replenishment obligation and, consequently, no assessment.
- Their water provider may have the capability to perform replenishment services. If this is the case, there would be no CAGRD replenishment assessment. The water provider's costs of doing its own replenishment are likely included in its monthly water rates.
How can I get my home out of the CAGRD?
Is my water bill affected by membership in the CAGRD?
How does the CAGRD know how much groundwater I used?
Why is my CAGRD tax higher than in the past?
Another reason could be increased water use at the property in the past year, which results in higher CAGRD taxes based on higher groundwater usage. Common reasons for an increase include installing a pool, increasing irrigation use, landscaping changes, and remodeling (adding a bathroom). If you are still questioning your usage, please contact your water provider; although infrequent, mistakes do happen.