The Pearl River Valley Water Supply District was created by
the Mississippi Legislature in 1958. The
mission statement of the PRVWSD is to operate and maintain the Ross Barnett
Reservoir and surrounding District lands to provide: water supply, flood
reduction, recreation opportunities, multiple forest uses, and quality
communities; and to generate sufficient revenue to meet these goals without tax
support from the member counties. The District provides water and wastewater
utilities to the residences and businesses in these communities, and provides
law enforcement protection for the 40 District operated recreation facilities,
which include campgrounds, parks, boat launches, hunting, and fishing areas.
Why Lease Property:
During the development of the lake by the State of Mississippi,
it was determined that properties along the shoreline of the reservoir would be
made available for lease. The leasehold
property would be necessary not only to protect the water quality in the lake,
but also to provide a perpetual source of income to the District, which
operates without the tax support from the State or member counties.
payments are rent for the real property on which a home or business is
located. Lease fees are placed in the PRVWSD operations and maintenance
fund, which is the general operating fund. The funds are then used as the
PRVWSD Board of Directors approve.
The general fund expenditures include all of the operation and
maintenance of all aspects of the lake, dams, parks, roads, campgrounds, ramps
reservoir water and sewer fund maintains the water and sewer systems and
customers of the water department pay separately for that service.
WHat lease fees provide:
The lease agreement that is
executed upon purchase of a home or business within the boundaries of the
PRVWSD provides the lessee the privilege of owning the home or business located
upon the State’s land. The lease fees
provides no other service to the lessee. The State of Mississippi, thru the
PRVWSD, leases the use of the land for purposes as outlined in the lease
How lease fees are determined:
Appraisals are produced to determine the value of the property
to be developed. The appraisal price is
used by the developer to calculate the individual lease fees for subdivision
lots and commercial developments. In an
effort to keep up with inflation, as of 1994 an escalating factor was included
with lease fees for new leases and renewals.
The residential escalation rate is 10% every 5 years.
How to pay lease fees:
Most mortgage companies escrow lease payments and
submit payment upon the lease’s specific annual due date (usually the month of
mortgage’s loan closing). If you choose
to make payment of your lease fee individually, annual billings are mailed on
the 15th of the month prior to due date. Late payment penalties will be assessed if
payment is not received within 90 days of due date.
Payments can be mailed to P.O. Box 2180 Ridgeland MS
39158, or made in person at either the Madison County office on Madison Landing
Circle or at the Rankin County office on Spillway Road. There are also drop boxes located at both
offices for payment after hours.
If you have any questions about your lease, please
contact Julie Barnthouse, Leasing Agent, at the Pearl River Valley Water
Supply District office at (601)856-6574.
If you fail to receive your annual billing, please
contact our office as soon as possible.
delinquent lease accounts:
Nonpayment of annual lease fees will result in late
fees, lease penalties of $170.00, and appropriate legal fees for any collection