The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors has voted 3-2 to do an efficiency study on districtwide processes. It will bring in a firm and pay it $600,000 for the study, which is supposed to determine if IID can cut costs, and, more specifically, determine if the district's SAP computer system is doing what it should.
The board has clearly caved in to the screams of farmers that an efficiency study is the only way the district can determine why it is spending more on information technology and why farmers are paying more for water.
We understand farmers are going through a rough time as a result of depressed ag markets and other difficulties on the farm. It is painful to see the farming community suffering when so much of our economy depends on agriculture. That does not mean a costly efficiency study is going to solve the problems of farmers, no matter how much they see such a study as a holy grail.