NID board members consider pay hike
At a meeting last Wednesday, the NID Board of Directors decided to move forward with a pay hike proposal that could potentially double their income after 16 years without a pay raise.
At the request of board President Scott Miller, the five elected board members reviewed compensation figures from nine water supply agencies in the Sierra Foothills and Sacramento Valley. NID’s board members earn $7,200 per year, while leaders at other agencies pull in between $6,000 to $15,000 per year.
“We are quality people who work hard and do quality work,” Miller was quoted saying in a press release, urging the other directors to consider an increase of up to $15,000 annually.
Miller argued that members’ workloads have increased throughout the years as NID directors work on more committees, and move forward on the federal relicensing of the Yuba-Bear hydroelectric power project.
In support of the pay raises, NID Board Member John Drew noted that NID serves the second-largest geographic district in the state, covering multiple counties.
The board voted unanimously to host a public hearing to consider the pay increase June 27.
Board members’ responsibilities include attending four to five meetings per month (each lasting up to four hours), as well as educational conferences and neighborhood meetings in their division, according to Board Secretary Lisa Francis Tassone.
To prepare for meetings, Tassone said, members read a lot of material. Their other duties include taking constituents’ phone calls and responding to letters.
The board of directors sets policy for the NID, which supplies water for irrigation, as well as for domestic and industrial use across 287,000 acres of Nevada and Placer counties. Their facilities extend into Sierra and Yuba counties.
NID’s five board members are elected to four-year terms by district voters.
To contact Staff Writer Jill Bauerle, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4219.
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