Unpaid water bills head for tax roll

By From page B1 | July 12, 2013

About $7,700 worth of unpaid water bills will be turned over to the El Dorado County Auditor’s Office to add to the tax roll for collection by the Tax Collector’s Office, the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District Board of Directors unanimously agreed Tuesday.

The transfer is authorized by a district ordinance written in 1982.

The ordinance, No. 82-1, brought a complaint from Director Ray Griffiths that the 28-page ordinance had some “internal inconsistencies.”

Interim Counsel John Knowlton agreed there were some “areas to resolve.”

Griffiths added that some positions identified in the ordinance he was unaware of the district ever having, such as a position of “water superintendent.”

Knowlton added, “Keep in mind, the general manager is here to run the day-to-day operations.”

Board President Bonnie McLane said the board had just approved policies about who was responsible for what.

“This is an ordinance,” Griffith responded. “Policies are internal to the board.”

The ordinance gives detailed information about types of water service, duties of the general manager and water superintendent, office manager, engineer and Board of Directors in relation to the ordinance. The ordinance was signed April 14, 1982, by then Board President Robert E. Flynn and then General Manager Charles Gierau as clerk and ex officio secretary of the board.

“Certain things (such as a water superintendent) we’re supposed to have by law,” said Director Maria Capraun.

“It would be helpful to have the general manager make some comment,” said attorney Knowlton.

“I don’t think this is that urgent,” Director Norm Krizl said. “We’re looking for a new general manager. This is something that should be done by staff. It is a waste of time (for the board) to change a couple of items.”

“I agree with you,” McLane said.

“My thought is the general manager should bring this up to date. It’s an important document and the general manager and legal counsel should review it, ” Krizl said.

“I agree we should put it off for the new general manager,”  Capraun added.

The board agreed 5-0 to wait until a new general manager is hired to update the ordinance.

Interim General Manager Kelly Shively added that the $7,700 figure would likely be reduced by payments coming in before the final number of unpaid bills is turned over to the county for collection.

There are 28 unpaid water bills ranging from $17 to nearly $600.

Michael Raffety

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