Steps to Improve Electric Rates for RatePayers
1 CEO – Restrict CEO salary for a GOVERNMENT ENTITY to a reasonable range of comparable government positions. The Chancellors of NCSU and UNC have responsibility for large budgets and many staff. Electricities has 100 staff people. Require the CEO to live in an electric city and pay electric rates in a city so he knows what it is like. The CEO there does not pay electric rates in a city and never has and has been CEO for 12 years. Legislators have criticized him for this issue. This salary is for a government entity not an Investor Owned Utility and the current salary is out of line with NC government. The power agencies are the entities with money and they are LOCAL GOVERNMENT not INVESTOR OWNED. Two senior level women leave and cannot talk in five years is a problem. Court cases and new cases pending with women. Numerous settlements made by Jesse Tilton.
2 get rid of expensive staff – Seven people making more than $150,000 a year is ridiculous. We cannot afford this. This is taxpayer money. One person has received 15-20% pay increases each year. Others have received double digit increases. How many received increases in the double digits and for how many years? How many people make in excess of $100,000 - likely at least ten more.
3 hire a new staff and put them in a distressed area of eastern nc using an empty building to help the economy and be near the people. eliminste unnecessary staff. Many staff sitting around doing nothing. Could do same work for half the staff.
4 restrict pay increases each year for staff at electricities to no more than 5% like cities have. Streamline salaries to match cities. Regular staff get 5% but the top layer gets 10-15-20% a year or more often.
5 replace the board of directors with business leaders from cities appointed by the legislature who will not demand a salary and are not corrupted by a salary. Make them comply with ethics laws. Eliminate $168,000 in board salaries. Make Electricities report to the legislature monthly and the treasurer. City managers, electric directors and mayors get paid and should not be paid again to be on this board, especially those who then quit their jobs and move. Cities without debt should not be on the board being paid by the debt of taxpayers. City Managers should not get the board payment added to their retirement. They should want to do it for free or not do it all. Rolling lobbyists onto the board should not be allowed.
6 eliminate pay outs from the board and ceo for political campaigns. expose and then Stop legislators who are telling the ceo who to promote. Board gets salary and then gives it in political contributions. NO PAC and NO POLITICAL CONTRIBUTIONS for a government entity. Look at State Board of Elections Reports. The League of Municipalities does not have a PAC.
7 make secretaries there earn the standard salary as city secretaries not $50,000 a year. Five secretaries earn more than $45,000 a year. Most city secretaries earn $30,000.
8 make electricities have same healthcare as cities. Save $700,000 a year. The electricities health care plan is the “top of the line” – per person expenditures are well above the per person expenditures of those in cities. Compare per person payment with that of an average among cities.
9 get rid of fleet cars to cut down on waste. Employees have been using them for personal purposes. Witnesses will attest to this fact. record license plate when you see it.
10 eliminate out of town and out of electric city retreats and meetings. Eliminate purchases of alcohol drinks with taxpayer money. the only meetings should be in cities on electricities power.
11 allow no major purchases of infrastructure at electricities until debt is paid in full. Do not allow them to buy transmission lines until their debt is paid. How much is being spent on transmission planning?
12 get rid of the law firm and hire inside counsel. Eliminate more than $500,000 in legal fees not including settlements. hire inside counsel for less than $100,000. Hire experts when needed. How much of the legal fees are for employment versus energy issues versus lobbying? Do the lawyers charge the same for lobbying as legal? Why does the most expensive lawyer go to simple meetings with the Treasurer and others when staff should do it. Why are there so many lobbyists - there are more at ELectricities than Progress or the Cooperatives.
13 send budget to taxpayers to see - if you pay a rate, get a budget - and newspapers in cities so it is open and understood and scrutinized. SUNSHINE LAW. no one sees the budget and it is spun to show only what they want. The annual report comes out a year late and is worthless. The budget sent is a pr tool.
14 have legislature oversight the group with the treasurer and make electricities report monthly to legislature to show openness and reasonable spending based on issues of the past and present. The legislature created them and should get reports. Have the cities and ElectriCities regulated by NCUC for fairness and equity. Ratepayers will be better off when rates are analyzed and evaluated for fairness by a neutral staff.