The 690th public meeting of the El Dorado Hills Fire Board was held Jan 17. The public did not attend. It should.
The independent auditor affirmed that the actual pension obligation incurred by the current labor contract will have to be carried as what it is, debt. The board brags it has no debt. But the pension obligation is unfunded and that represents millions of dollars of obligations by the fire district or we the taxpayers. At the same meeting the board approved a lump sum $600,000 to the state’s pension fund, CalPERS, required by the golden handshake given to four retired fire employees in 2011.
Another instance is the proposed rebuilding of a new Station 84 on Francisco Drive. A new facility is needed. But the doubled size, unimaginative proposed $3 million structure and a vaguely described another million to put it all together is extravagant. This is for three employees and two trucks. A public meeting occurred Feb. 7 to justify the project.
Additionally over $1.2 million has been paid to the firemen in just the last three years for college degrees earned but not required or related to the job. A nice perk that inflates wages each month for their entire lives.
The catering of the board to the union employees may explain the $30,000 the union spent on the last election to ensure the board membership did not change.
It seems to me, the public should be watching how its board spends its money.
El Dorado Hills