KIMBERLY, Idaho — Considerations are being raised in a rural space within the Magic Valley about the place tax dollars are going.
A gaggle of individuals feels their public officers aren’t being clear, and says nobody is holding them accountable. They’re accusing the Rock Creek Rural Hearth Safety District (RCFD) of losing taxpayers’ cash. Some are calling the hearth chief and hearth commissioners out for blurring the strains between public and private cash and for sticking to the established order.
“There isn’t any accountability. That is the issue. There is no transparency,” a involved taxpayer within the Rock Creek Hearth District, Ed Easterling, stated.
“The best way they are going down there simply do not make rhyme nor cause and there is individuals involved about it,” former hearth chief and candidate for an RCFD commissioner place, Mike Hendricks, stated.
Some have points courting again a number of years over the chief’s – and the three commissioners’ – actions. Some really feel RCFD Chief Jason Keller does not reply to sufficient calls, is never working and is abusing taxpayer dollars.
“We go over each invoice with a nice tooth comb each month. That is a part of our job,” RCFD Commissioner Brad Perkins stated.
One of many largest points they’ve: how Chief Keller is utilizing his command car.
“Every single day he is utilizing that car – to the grocery retailer, taking his youngsters someplace, his spouse,” Easterling stated. “What is the legal responsibility?”
“I am the third chief and each chief has had their very own command car to make use of as they want,” Keller informed KTVB.
This yr, Keller signed a 5-yr contract with a two-yr extension for about $seventy two,000 a yr to start out. In the advantages part, the district agrees to offer the chief a car and pay for all attendant working and upkeep bills and insurance coverage.
The contract states, “stated car is for use by the Hearth Chief in reference to the efficiency of his duties and for his skilled progress and improvement. It might be utilized by the Hearth Chief for private causes, because the Hearth Chief is ‘on-name’ within the occasion of main emergencies. Gasoline shall be offered on the Hearth Chief’s personal expense when the car is used for private causes, in any other case the District shall present gasoline for all different use to carry out his duties.”
“Should you do not permit him to have a car then you must regulate his wages,” RCFD Commissioner Marvin Norris informed KTVB.
“The rationale the commissioners have accomplished that’s as a result of it is a part of my wage. My wage is decrease and that is the compensation to fill that hole, so to talk,” Keller stated.
However Keller is taking his command car out of city and on trip – one thing he and the commissioners admit…