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Horne calls for expense policy for IID board members

February 19, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

Stating there is no policy that governs the Imperial Irrigation District directors' expenses, board President Andy Horne on Tuesday will call upon the board to create such a policy.

Horne said there is little to limit use of the board's expense budget, which is about $70,000.

He said the concern is at times directors do not submit vouchers or receipts before being issued a payment by IID for an expense. He said in some cases receipts are never presented.

The board will discuss the issue during the public session portion of the meeting, which starts at 5 p.m.

Horne said he will ask if other directors want to see a policy created that governs the board. If the board does agree, such a policy would be drafted and likely presented to the board at a later meeting.

IID Director Stella Mendoza said she is interested in seeing such a policy created.


"There needs to be some accountability," she said. "We need a system of checks and balances."

Horne said there is a double standard when it comes to handling the board's expenses.

There is a policy that states IID staffers must present vouchers to be reimbursed for expenses.

However, there is a 1996 memo that states American Express or Bank of America-Visa invoices from directors can be reimbursed prior to a receipt of expense vouchers from the directors.

That memo was signed by Jesse Silva when he was deputy general manager.

Silva has said the memo was drafted not to create a double standard but to deal with a problem at the time. He said directors then were traveling extensively because of water negotiations and were maxing out their credit cards before being reimbursed by the IID.

Horne said one concern he has is while as president he must approve the expenses of the other board members, there is no one who approves his expenses.

He said for that reason he has asked Mendoza, board vice president, to approve his expenses.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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