Amador County Grand Jury Issues Harsh
Report on Amador Water Agency
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Grand Jury Blasts Amador Water Agency
Released 6/27/2012, the 2011-2012 Amador County Grand Jury Report cites numerous problems at the Amador Water Agency, including:
- AWA has not effectively managed finances:
- By creating a continuous cycle of borrowing and repayment without reducing overall debt
- By committing to projects without adequate funding in place and without consent of ratepayers
- By carrying an unmanageable level of long-term debt
- AWA continues to make financial commitments to the Gravity Supply Line Project despite inadequate funding, ratepayer objections, and a
Prop 218 defeat.
- The proposed Community Facilities District for the Amador Water System appears to benefit a select number of developers and may not substantially
reduce loan debt, contrary to AWA's claims.
- Restricted funds have been intermingled with other accounts, despite the legal requirement to use them for a
- AWA does not demonstrate commitment to public transparency, and a contentious and adversarial relationship frequently exists between
the AWA Board and the public.
- Due to the complexity of AWA's budget, it is difficult for the public to understand.
- The independent auditor found that AWA's bank accounts have not been "truly reconciled".
The Grand Jury recommends that the next Amador County Grand Jury (2012-2013) continue to investigate the Amador Water Agency.
Read more including the Grand Jury's complete findings and recommendations on AWA.