Op-ed | Ricki Heck: Concerned by NID General Manager’s proposed broad spending authority

February 5, 2018 –  As a candidate for the Nevada Irrigation District Board of Directors, Division 1, I have been monitoring activities and attending NID board and committee meetings for over a year.

I continually express concern about how NID spends its public monies and how the decisions to spend those monies are made. I just discovered that on February 6th at an NID committee meeting, they are poised to give the General Manager broad spending authority in the amount of $600,000, without Board approval! For emergency situations, it can go higher.

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I have checked. In contrast, Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) gives their General Manager budget authority of $30,000. Emergencies are a different matter. The Nevada County CEO has a budget authority of up to $5,000.

My concern is this: How can NID be transparent in its operations when the General Manager is empowered to spend so much money without Board approval or oversight?

I will continue to be vigilant and share my concerns with the customers and rate payers of NID.

Respectfully Submitted,

Ricki Heck, Candidate Division 1