AWA Fined by FPPC

AWA Fined by FPPC

Amador Water Agency has been fined by the Fair Political Practices Commission. The AWA paid a $3,000 fine earlier this year in connection with a referendum vote on a temporary water surcharge. The FPPC received a complaint some time ago that the AWA was using ratepayer funds to send out mailers urging customers to not sign a referendum that would overturn a surcharge they implemented. After investigation, the FPPC recommended a $3,000 fine and the AWA paid the fine in May. In a news release, the Ratepayer Protection Alliance agreed with the fine, saying the AWA Board of Directors acted illegally and inappropriately in trying to influence the election, but think the fine should have been levied against the Directors themselves instead of coming from the Agency’s coffers. KVGC talked to AWA General Manager Gene Mancebo, who said it was important to remember that the referendum itself was rejected in Amador County Superior Court. Mancebo added that the agency disagrees with the fine for that and other reasons, but decided to go ahead and pay the fine because it would cost ratepayers less than it would to fight the issue any further.

 

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