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EID employee costs far higher than claimed

EDITOR: In the El Dorado Irrigation District’s January newsletter to its 40,000 ratepayers and in a “My Turn” article in this newspaper, General Manager Jim Abercrombie asserts, “(EID’s) average personnel expense increase of 0.5 percent per year since 2010 is extraordinary, particularly since it has been achieved in the face of sharp, ongoing increases in […]

No Comment / January 11, 2017 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Message from the EID GM: From strength to strength

It is a pleasure to write these words after having been on a medical leave of absence from the El Dorado Irrigation District. Facing medical challenges can focus the mind and provide a new vantage point for addressing immediate and future challenges. So it is not only a pleasure to return to the important challenges […]

No Comment / January 04, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

At EID: Water rate hikes OK’d

After considering various financial projections based on different rate increase scenarios, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors approved a 3 percent increase each year, 2017-2020, at Monday’s meeting. The increase applies to potable water, wastewater and recycled water. The rate discussion drew criticism, with some audience members blaming the increases on EID’s salaries and […]

No Comment / December 19, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

EID fiscal irresponsibility

EDITOR: El Dorado Irrigation District rates have more than doubled in the last seven years yet EID management wants board approval to continue gouging its ratepayers and increase 2017-18 rates fully 30 times the 0.3 percent increase in 2016-17 Social Security payments. EID management’s proposed 2017-18 operating budget includes median $131,000 per employee compensation with benefits […]

Comments Off / November 30, 2016 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Message from EID: Infrastructure and the CIP, understanding the cost

As 2016 comes to a close the El Dorado Irrigation District continues on a strong path guided by a solid financial plan and sustainable capital improvement program. On Oct 24 the EID Board of Directors approved a 2017–21 capital improvement program that chips steadily away at the many projects necessary to keep EID’s facilities in good condition so […]

Comments Off / November 16, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Re-elect Alan Day to EID board

EDITOR: I know Alan Day’s voting record and I’ve seen him in action at El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors’ meetings. He’s one of the few honest elected people I’ve ever seen. He really cares about representing the people and representing our interests, not the special interests. Please vote for Alan Day. CHARLET NALBACH BURCIN […]

Comments Off / October 26, 2016 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

My Turn: EID analysis update

The El Dorado Irrigation District faces many challenges. CIP backlog — $200 million. Unfunded pensions/PERS obligations — $50 million in pension and $20 million in health coverage. FERC obligation related to Project 184 — about $15 million (current balance of $24 million total with about $8 million included in the current CIP budget). FCC reserve — about $180 million […]

Comments Off / October 25, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »



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