To provide "the rest of the story"… regarding EID Board proclamations, Press Releases, website content, and articles in the Mountain Democrat.
To rein in EID's continuing huge deficit spending…currently $15 million annually. EID's debt has more than tripled from $110M to $390M in the last eight years since 2002 under the current Board. EID plans an additional $60M in new debt 2013. ($137M of EID"s debt has been categorized as for "future customers" by EID's Finance Director... interest on this excess capacity exceeds $8M annually in the rates of current customers).
To push for spending control… including reduction of EID's excessive $38,800 per employee average benefit (vs. $32,800 for El Dorado County employees), and 37 to 50 days annual paid time off (up to 19% PTO)...to bring them in line with community standards. Read more
To force EID to comply with Proposition 218… and, cost-based, proportionate and non-subsidized rates for ALL EID customers. (2011 Sewer rates INCREASED $202 per average Sewer customer (vs. February 2010) but the 2011 Sewer Operations budget DECREASED 3.6%. Meanwhile, Water rates increased $82 (vs. February 2010) while the Water Operations budget SURGED 34%. The 1300 Domestic Irrigation customers pay $350 per acre foot of Water… because of special treatment dictated by EID’s Board… while Residential Water customers pay more than $1000 per acre foot. 200 Agriculture customers pay less than $80 per acre foot and do not participate in future customer and various other costs… in violation of Proposition 218.)
To change EID's name to reflect that EID is a multi-UTILITY district... not just an IRRIGATION district. (Just 2% of EID's revenues come from 1,700 Irrigation customers, while 48% comes from 36,400 other Water customers, 48% comes from 20,600 Sewer customers, and 2% comes from 4,100 Recycled Water customers.)
To pursue fair Board representation... by geography, and fairly representing all THREE major services Water, Recycled Water and Sewer.
To influence more accessible Board meetings… via evening sessions when major financial decision-making and policy making are conducted. Also, to push for EID’s full compliance with the Brown Act, including 72 hour noticing and open sub-committee meetings.