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‘Clean Audit’ for EID?
So, with auditors and bond rating agencies clapping their hands with glee, why are EID water rates going up another 11 percent on January 1, 2014 and 102 percent for 2010-2015?  Click Here to read the published letter.

Read more articles in the Chronicles pages to see who is standing up for EID ratepayers.

Plus, go to FixEID's Audio Recordings to hear how easily ratepayer money is spent at EID Board meetings.

 

July 1, 2013

2013 mid-year EID board performance review…
Based on EID’s rate hiking, pay hiking, project “rubber stamping”, mushrooming benefit costs and ongoing operating losses, ratepayers should ask: “Who is looking out for ratepayers?”  Click Here to read "The rest of the story..."

 

June 17, 2013

Have EID ratepayers “had enough”?
If the El Dorado Irrigation District were a business it would be “out of business”.  Click Here to read "The rest of the story..."

 

December 3, 2012

EID rates surging again on January 1.
Rate hike weary EID ratepayers will dig further into their pockets January 1, 2013... to pay a $107 annual rate hike facing the average residential water and sewer ratepayer. Click Here to read "The rest of the story..."

 

December 3, 2012

EID’s Abercrombie, Cumpston fail ratepayers… want raises.
In Corporate America management leaders of poor financial-performing organizations and who employ fiscally irresponsible accounting gimmicks are replaced... not bestowed with performance-unearned compensation enhancements. Click Here to read "The rest of the story..."

 

November 9, 2012

$45 monthly water bills? That’s not even the half of it.
Just last year the Board granted multi-year extensions to both men’s contracts, completely ignoring that EID’s cost management failings have brought ratepayers 102% of water rate increases for 2010-2015. Click Here to read "The rest of the story..."

 

November 9, 2012

Employee pay surges 6% yet Social Security COLA is just 1.7%.
EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie has included 6% salary hikes in his 2013 operating budget proposal and plans to hike employee benefits costs to a lavish average of $49,000 per employee. Click Here to read "The rest of the story..."

 

November 9, 2012

EID’s General Manager and General Counsel refuse to disclose how much of $10.9 million benefits costs go to top paid employees...
With paid time off averaging $13,000 per employee, EID's overall benefits and paid time off total an “eye-popping” $62,000 per employee… yet Abercrombie, Cumpston and other top paid employees each get tens of thousands of dollars more.  Click Here to read "The rest of the story..."

 

September 20, 2012

Remember what Jim Abercrombie told us?
Look at your EID bills since the new rates became effective in April.
In his Proposition 218 Notice, General Manager Abercrombie told us our bills are going up just $2.38 monthly.  He told us he has saved tens of millions of dollars for ratepayers.  How is what General Manager Abercrombie told us working out for everyone?
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September 20, 2012

Who says EID rates are “fair and equitable?
General Manager Jim Abercrombie repeatedly has claimed EID’s new rates are “fair and equitable” and that they legally fulfill all Proposition 218 requirements.
In conflict with provisions of Proposition 218 prohibiting one customer class subsidizing another, EID’s new rates for 2012 include substantial subsidies to hydroelectric operations, Agriculture, and the City of Placerville... subsidies which exceed $3.5 million annually and which add 17% to the rates of EID’s regular water ratepayers.
 Are 17% extra rates to EID’s 38,000 regular ratepayers “fair and equitable”? While General Manager Abercrombie, the Agriculture community, and City of Placerville officials say “Yes!”, 38,000 regular ratepayers may decide for themselves.
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July 4, 2012

Check out the 2012 FixEID Firecracker Quiz!   
Questions and Answers about EID that you won't see anywhere but here!  Click Here to read the 2012 Firecracker Quiz!

 

June 22, 2012

EID refinancing savings dealt to employees and financiers...
EID's June 11th Board approval of General Manager Jim Abercrombie’s proposed refinancing of Year 2003 bonds will move $16 million of debt principal repayments from the years 2013-2016 out to the years 2022-2029.  Multiple ratepayers are calling this “kicking the can down the road”. Click Here to read "The rest of the story..."

 

March 3, 2012

Why are EID spending and rate increases on auto-pilot?
EID Ratepayers deserve a "$5 Million Plan B"!!
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February 20, 2012

EID's "60-40" cost study a hoax...
EID’s Rate Consultant says "I am not a (Prop 218) lawyer", "I do what Jim (Abercrombie) tells me", "Garbage-in, garbage-out".  Click Here to read "The rest of the story..."

 

February 11, 2012

EID water rates to surge another 49 percent…
up 102 percent for 2010-2015


EID’s just-sent Proposition 218 Notice trivializes its proposed new water rate hikes as just a few dollars.

But, in reality this is a 49 percent compounded rate increase.   Click Here to read "The rest of the story..."

 

February 11, 2012

And, about those EID sewer rates…don’t let EID fool you!

In dollar terms, EID residential sewer bills have been growing 83% faster than EID residential water bills... sewer bills disproportionately have increased to pay for EID's high overhead and debt costs. Click Here to read "The rest of the story..."

 

February 3, 2012

Why can't EID be forthright with its ratepayers???

With absolutely no fanfare whatsoever, EID's first rate hike for 2012 was put into effect on January 1, 2012.  Click Here to read "The rest of the story..."  

 

February 3, 2012

"Get serious! You have to cut your $15 million per year deficit spending!"

That's what a credit guru like Suze Orman would say as she confiscates EID's credit cards.  Click Here to read "The rest of the story..."

 

February 3, 2012

35% of EID rates go for debt... 33% more for overhead. EID's spending is out of control and getting worse!

Of EID's $64 million of operating spending and debt costs budgeted for 2012, a "staggering" 35% goes to pay for debt service (including $16 million of interest and $6 million of debt principal repayment). Click Here to read "The rest of the story..."

 

February 3, 2012

It's great to be on EID's payroll...but not so great to be a ratepayer paying for EID's payroll!  

Of EID's $43 million operating budget, two-thirds goes to pay employee salaries and benefits. Click Here to read "The rest of the story..."

 

October 19, 2011

“Cooking the Books”

EID’s General Manager has a big problem.  Even with a 28% residential Water rate increase, he won’t be able to make debt coverage ratios for the Water Enterprise Fund.

What should a fiscally responsible EID General Manager be doing?

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October 7, 2011

What EID’s GM and Board don’t tell you about Water Rates

EID’s Board-approved Water rates are up 85% since 2003 under the current Board.  And, another 28% is on the way for 2012!

EID’s “All-in” Water rates are 23% to 110% higher than the four surrounding Water districts of... 

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October 7, 2011

EID’s “sky-high” Sewer rates wrongfully raised in 2011

EID’s “All-in” Sewer rates are 95% to 125% higher than the four surrounding Sewer districts of Folsom, South Tahoe, Citrus Heights, and Sacramento...
 

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October 7, 2011

EID Board again gives away Ratepayer monies to Developers

On August 22nd, for the second time in six months, EID’s Board gave away more than $1 million of ratepayer monies to Developers...

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October 7, 2011

Why can't EID tell the truth?  And, why won't EID cut spending?

From EID's September 27th Press Release:

"Although the 2012 CIP plan is $2.6 million more than 2011, the increase in the 2012 budget is due to projects being rolled over from 2011 that need to be completed for system safety and reliability purposes"

The truth is that the 2012 CIP includes $2.8 million of brand new IT projects...

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July 4, 2011

Check out the FixEID Firecracker Quiz!   

Answers to questions about EID that you won't see anywhere but here!   Click Here to read the Firecracker Q & A!

 

June 27, 2011

$1815 for an average annual EID "Water" bill?...
Well if you are a West County EID rate payer and have a Sewer, $1815 is pretty typical of what you pay on an "ALL-IN" basis each year.

Click Here to read "The rest of the story..." the one EID doesn't tell rate payers about.

 

June 27, 2011

EID's Board thinks they're "Daddy" Warbucks...
Little Orphan Annie's "Daddy" Warbucks had ten zillion dollars.  EID's Board spends like they think they have ten zillion dollars too!  Click Here to read "The rest of the story..."

 

June 19, 2011

Look what’s buried in the Cost of Service Study...

Why are EID’s 34,561 Residential Water customers paying $1294 (or more) per acre foot of Water, while 1,700 Irrigation customers pay as little as $68 per acre foot?  Click Here to read "The rest of the story..."

 

June 19, 2011

EID's $20+Million "savings"... the numbers just don't add up!!!


In its "Meeting Our Commitments" flyer EID claims more than $20 Million annual savings.  But, Click Here to get
"The rest of the story..."

 

June 15, 2011

What a difference a day makes... 5% or 32%... or 64%???

EID's GM claimed Residential water rates would increase 5% in 2012.  However, the June 13, 2011 Cost of Services presentation shows increases of 32% in 2012 and 64% cumulative in 2014.  Click Here to read "The rest of the story..."

 

June 13, 2011

FixEID is launched!!
There is a lot to learn about the El Dorado IRRIGATION District here at FixEID.  You saw the EID Board Report Card when you landed.  But, did you click to find out why they got those grades?  Have you read about the Flawed Cost Study?  How about the truth about Water Rates and Sewer Rates?  Or, find out Why FixEID is needed!  Use the navigation panel on the left to read about these and other topics that capture your interest. 
We think you'll be very concerned!!