Village News Reporter
The Fallbrook Public Utility District board approved a 5% increase in the per diem pay board members receive.
The directors had been receiving $121.55 for each meeting. The board’s 5-0 vote Feb. 27 increased that amount to $127.63. Per diem payments are given for each meeting involving FPUD business, but a director may not be paid for more than 10 meetings in a month.
FPUD's Administrative Code stipulates that per diem pay is to be reviewed annually, and any increase is limited to 5%. A recommended increase requires a public hearing to be set, and the increase will not take effect until at least 60 days after the meeting. The 60-day period allows for registered voters in the district to collect signatures for a referendum. The Jan. 23 FPUD board meeting included a 5-0 vote to set the Feb. 27 hearing date for the increase.
The per diem increase now makes FPUD the water district with the third lowest per diem pay. Valley Center Municipal Water District board members receive $100 for each meeting. The per diem for Lakeside Water District directors is $125, and that amount has been unchanged since August 1989 and is given only for full board meetings rather than for committee meetings.