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ATC Report
In This Issue:
AWA Accounting Still Inaccurate

About RPA
Ratepayer Protection Alliance (RPA) was formed to support the rights of the people of Amador County against unfair rate increases, which are usually used to subsidize special interests. Recently, RPA has assisted citizens who successfully protested several water rate increases. RPA is committed to ensuring that water, wastewater and garbage rates in Amador County are justified, and do not unfairly burden local residents.

RPA works hard to minimize costs of informing the public of unfair rate increases. RPA operates on the donated time of volunteers and no one is paid for their efforts. Donations for postage costs can be sent to:
Ratepayer Protection Alliance
P.O. Box 51
Pine Grove CA 95665
Amador Water Agency Accounting Still Inaccurate

Amador Water Agency (AWA) staff took 8 months to produce adjustments to correct illegal accounting at AWA. On November 29, the public, who identified the illegal comingling of funds back in March, once again found fatal errors, leaving AWA General Manager Gene Mancebo no choice but to tell the Board he would need more time to resolve the problems.

In five weeks, the Board held two Board meetings and two committee meetings to review the adjustments for accuracy. At the second Budget Finance committee meeting, directors Bob Manassero and Art Toy ignored accounting problems that the public presented and agreed to recommend that the AWA Board move to accept the cash balances as presented.

There are several problems with the adjustments. The biggest issue is that AWA will maximize costs to ratepayers after the fact, in order to minimize the cost to developers. Instead of using funds that were collected from new customers to reimburse ratepayers for their prior investments, AWA is planning to “adjust” their accounting to use the funds to benefit developers instead. If AWA uses the funds to pay for more capacity, it will leave far less money to maintain and replace the existing system and give reason for higher rates than would otherwise be needed. Using ratepayer funds to expand the systems will significantly lower the cost for future development.


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