By Lisa Morton
At a regular meeting of the Culberson County Groundwater District (CCGCD) yesterday, the board approved new employment terms for General Manager Summer Webb. Webb said, “The GM and District will continue to work to make sure the transition is as smooth as possible”. After the board came back into open forum session, board president Vance Cottrell made a motion to change Webb’s job description to include a $36,000 annual salary with no benefits provided by the District and placing her job under review through May 30, 2022.
The Annual Audit for Fiscal Year ending September 30, 2019 was presented and while it was deemed a “clean audit”, a lingering accounting issue created by the Culberson County Appraisal District (CCAD) almost 10 years ago remains on the books. In 2013, CCAD did not update statements issued to taxpayers for the approved tax rate by the CCGCD, using a rollback rate instead. This created an unearned revenue balance for the CCGCD in the amount of $10,848 of taxpayer money that the groundwater district has no control over. The Advocate reached out to CCAD Chief Appraiser Chello Gonzalez for comment, but none was received as of press time. CCGCD has been playing catch-up with annual audits for several years now and the District is optimistic that the 2020 and 2021 audits will be in the works sooner than later.
In other business:
Approved December 8, 2021, and January 5, 2022 minutes as presented.
Approved payment of bills in the amount of $32,638.73 and bank reconciliation as presented.
Discussed call for joint election with the Town of Van Horn.
Set next regular meeting for February 9, 2022.