On Nov. 14, after closed session, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors returned to an empty board room gallery to vote general manager and general counsel contract extensions to September 2016. (Yes, 2016! The previous contracts already were guaranteed to September 2013.)
This is a fresh $1.3-plus million salary and benefits commitment for EID ratepayers … and in the face of a 28 percent water rate increase for 2012. EID’s board thumbed its nose at the ratepayers again!
George Wheeldon (to represent Serrano, Bass Lake and Cameron Park starting Dec. 1) and John Fraser (Cameron Park, Shingle Springs, West Rescue and southeast to Outingdale) don’t think ratepayers are up to a recall. Are they right?
Tell your neighbors how EID’s board rewards management for $15 million per year deficit spending and passing out 28 percent rate increases. And then ask them “Can we afford two more years of George Wheeldon’s and John Fraser’s expensive board votes?”