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Some Flak Regarding NID Transparency Award

An alleged lack of transparency and accountability, and general receptivity, has been an ongoing theme, regarding public comments at recent meetings of the Nevada Irrigation District Board of Directors. And when the Board was presented with a Transparency Certificate from the Special District Leadership Foundation at Wednesday’s meeting, some members of the audience had a hard time accepting that…

click to listen to Mike Pazner

That’s NID ratepayer Mike Pazner, who is also among a number of Centennial Dam opponents who criticize the project at every meeting. That also includes a non-district resident, Diane Suarez of Colfax…

click to listen to Diane Suarez

Five candidates for 2 open seats this year on the NID Board have also expressed similar concerns. The Foundation says the program was created, in an effort to promote transparency in the operations and governance of special districts and to provide special districts with an opportunity to showcase those efforts.


January 25, 2018

Michael P Hill-Weld

The testimony of Ms. Suarez and Mr. Pazner reflect what I have seen in 15 months I have been attending NID board meetings. Some of the board members, the General Manager and staff think that having a website and following the Brown Act are enough to call NID "transparent." They are wrong. NID needs to do a better job of providing information to the board and public on the business and expenditures of the district and to provide better opportunities for the public to participate in their -deliberations. Until they do, NID will continue to be semi-transparent.

January 25, 2018

Michael P Hill-Weld

Hats off to KNCO for providing this coverage of the NID board meeting.

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