Skip to comments.Agencies bill more than $1M for public meetings
Posted on 08/18/2012 11:36:07 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
Two Silicon Valley agencies are being accused of bilking California taxpayers by submitting more than $1 million in state reimbursements for preparing public meeting agendas.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that Santa Clara County and the Santa Clara Valley Water District ranked first and second out of more than 600 agencies statewide for reimbursements bills for complying with state open meetings laws.
Santa Clara County billed $1.1 million last year for preparing agendas for 402 public meetings; the water district asked for $384,395 for 42 meetings. Nearby Alameda County billed just $71,816 for 450 meetings.
The Silicon Valley Taxpayers Association charged the agencies with being inefficient and padding their bills.
The county blamed old computers; the water district said other counties aren't claiming all they're entitled to.
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Major ripoff of taxpayers here. But it's San Jose...what else would you expect?
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402 Meetings in a year for a county?
Lets run the math real quick:
While the calender shows 52 weeks in reality there is only 51 - ever try to conduct a serious business meeting between Christmas and New Years?
There are 5 working days in a week so you have 255 days to conduct serious business meetings. Oh, excuse me. You have to subtract the Federal Holidays (12) so we are down to 243 days. Of those 12 Federal Holidays you have to figure at least two will create a 4-day weekend instead of a 3-day weekend. So we are down to 241 days.
Since I am unfamiliar with California state holidays I will assume none.
Okay 402 meetings in 241 days, that is 1.67 meetings per day.
Okay let's say the meeting runs 2-hours from start (you leave your desk) to finish (you get back to your desk). Now add a hour to read and respond to the minutes. This burns up a little over 5 hours every day. Add lunch (1 hr)and 2 coffee breaks (totaling 1 hour) and you have only one hour to actually accomplish anything. No wonder county leadership can't get much done.
If you are in charge of a meeting you have to figure 90 minutes before (meeting prep) and 90 minutes after (minutes and other reports) are chewed up for every meeting.
IMHO this county has become a self basting turkey.