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No changes seen in IID's projected budget

December 04, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors is ready to move forward Dec. 18 on its 2002 budget after conducting its final budget workshop Monday.

The board is set to take action in January on a new energy cost adjustment power rate that will not change what customers pay, according to a district official.

The water department's budget for 2002 includes projected revenues of $75.3 million and $71.5 million in expenditures.

The power department's budget for 2002 includes projected revenues of $281.75 million and $281.52 million in expenditures.

Kris Fontaine, IID chief financial officer/controller, said none of the numbers has changed since the district's previous workshops.

Fontaine told the board the budget as presented does not include anything for possible employee pay increases and that were the board to grant the raises certain capital projects likely would be delayed.

The board is expected to entertain employee requests at today's board meeting, and contrary to previous reports, there has been no contract offer from management. In addition, any response to employee pay and benefit increases will be made in public sessions with the board.

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Meanwhile, Division 5 Director Rudy Maldonado asked that all support division reduce their 2002 budgets by 5 percent and that power and water departments not spend more than 35 percent of future budgets on support departments.

Maldonado was told current expenditures by power and water are much less than 35 percent already and none of the other board members would agree to seek further cuts from the support departments.

The board is tentatively set to take formal action to adopt the budget at its Dec. 18 meeting. Board members said they would like input on the final budget proposal by members of the power consumers advisory committee and the water conservation advisory board.

On the issue of the energy cost adjustment, Fontaine said the rate change will not affect what customers are paying.

"As you can see there is no difference in what the customer pays," Fontaine told the board during her presentation. "All we're doing is moving costs from one base rate to another base rate."

Of the 10 costs that make up the ECA, only four will remain under the new rate. Fontaine said the customer will continue to pay 7.87 cents per kilowatt-hour for electricity.

The changes will include minor changes in language in the rate.

Fontaine said staff would like the new rate to be in place by Feb. 1.

>> Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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