The Attorney General’s Office weighs in on Enforcement of the HL&P board pay of retroactive insurance benefit! The HL&P Board was TOLD TO GIVE MONEY BACK AT ONCE! The State Attorney General’s office has sent a letter to HL&P on their determination of the funds taken against state law and HL&P’s own bylaws.
In December 2012, The State Auditor’s office sent a letter to Heber Light & Power stating that the process the HL&P board used for their retroactive health benefit payments is questionable, and the action should be voided.
This whole issue is quite lengthy, but the Wasatch Taxpayers Association (which I have been a member of since inception) has the most detailed information available. You can read more about it here.
In response to the findings of Attorney General’s office concerning the illegality of the retroactive increase in compensation, the attorney for the company responded to the AG’s office on behalf of the board with a letter claiming that the Board had done nothing wrong but that the Board has decided to “make arrangements to reimburse the increase in Board compensation”.
It is beyond me how this board can continue to maintain that their actions were appropriate. I am glad that the Board has decided to reimburse the money that remains unpaid. I would however suggest and encourage these board members to make their “arrangements” public. I oppose any attempt to “refund” the money with city or company funds. Heber City residents are not in favor of an appearance of a refund, we want real restitution. This restitution should ONLY come from the personal bank accounts of the individuals who personally benefited from the payment.
As a candidate for Heber City Council I want it to be clear that I am for transparency and integrity. I have spent a great deal of my personal time showing up to city council, county council, school board, HL&P meetings and many others so that I would understand what is happening and where things can be improved in our valley. I am committed to smaller government and keeping our budgets in line with what our true needs are as a city.
Tomorrow, Friday August 9th is the last day for early voting.
The Primary Election will be held August 13, 2013 to select four candidates that will vie for the two (2) open City Council seats in the General Municipal Election in November.
To accommodate busy schedules, early voting will be held in the Heber City Offices, 75 North Main Street, from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on the following days: July 30-31, and August 1-2; and from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on the following days: August 6-9.
I hope everyone had a great Pioneer Day! We spent the day with the kids and then took the neighbor kids with us to see the Charleston Fireworks. Let’s just say that they were fabulous!
As I reflect on the day and all that I am grateful for, I hope that all Heber City residents will also look into our great heritage as a city. Here is a link to some great pictures and information about Heber’s rich pioneer history: http://ci.heber.ut.us/community/aboutheber/history/index.html. One of the best resources to pictures and artifacts is to make a trip to the Tabernacle, what is now the Heber City offices.
The State Auditors Office issued a report on the citizens’ filed complaint. The AG’s office has issued a letter on the health pay scandal asking for HL&P Board members to “return the funds at once.” A more detailed report should be out soon. More info can also be found on the Wasatch Taxpayers Association as well as on Wasatch Live.
As I make my way around the city and talk to people I have noticed that one of the top issues with most residents is what is happening at Heber Light & Power. It’s not a surprise that this is at the top of the list of concerns as Heber City residents we have the right to be concerned. I believe it is crucial for the HL&P board to be forthright and transparent in order to preserve public trust in the company, and the board’s intentions. Board members have a duty to inform the other members of the city council they represent of major issues, and to inform the public of any breach of trust at the HL&P.
Our vote for mayor will determine who the chairman of the board at Heber Light & Power will be. Our vote will also help determine who the new mayor will ask to represent the citizens of Heber City. Our mayor will choose who he feels can best serve the residents of not only Heber City but also all residents in the valley.
Alan McDonald recently wrote about this topic and stated:
Rumors have recently circulated alleging the impropriety of certain personnel at Heber Light & Power, and how this may have affected the financial integrity of the company. Because the residents of Heber own a large portion of the company via the city, and because the company exists solely to serve the needs of the community, I believe it is important that the entire city council be actively involved in providing oversight. The city council should be thoroughly informed and consulted whenever there are major decisions to be made at Heber Light & Power, or whenever rumors of this nature involve the company. Upon being fully informed and consulted, the council should then inform the true owner of the company, the Heber City taxpayer.
As a citizen of Heber City I find it quite incredible that not all of our city council members are being routinely informed or updated about HL&P. It’s our right to know what is happening and be relatively sure that our whole city council is being apprised of what is happening and making suggestions that the mayor and two city councilmen will take back to the HP&L board to help it run as efficiently as possible.
On August 13th Heber City residents will have the first of two opportunities this year to go to the polls and vote for the two candidates that they believe will truly look out for the interests of the citizens. Make your voice heard on August 13th!
What should we expect of our elected officials regarding the handling of our tax dollars? What do we expect from ourselves?
My personal belief is that we have voted in our elected officials to be fiscally responsible with our money and to do their best to make decisions on our behalf.
Governments are only to acknowledge that God has given every citizen certain unalienable rights and then to protect those rights.
As citizens it’s our responsibility to know to the best of our ability what decisions our elected officials are making and to let them know which we agree with and which we do not agree with. It is our duty to make sure we voice our thoughts and concerns and to make sure that our elected officials carry out their duty to protect our individual God given rights.
Concerned about the $375K being spent on the Heber City Veterans Memorial? The Heber City Council will be meeting Monday, July 8, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Be there to voice your concern.
As I have sat in on the Heber City Council work and public meetings, I have watched the council members and their votes on particular issues. I have also watched to see who seems to come prepared for the meeting and the discussions that take place about the items on the agenda.
I have been very impressed with the time in which Alan takes to be sure he knows as much as he can about the items at hand. I support Alan McDonald in his campaign for Mayor of Heber City.