The budget for the Salton Sea Authority has increased from about $284,000 in the 2012-13 fiscal year to $644,000 in the new fiscal year, which starts in July.
The Coachella Valley Water District Board last week approved an annual contribution of $150,000, up from $60,000 last year. Other member entities including Riverside County, Imperial County and the Imperial Irrigation District have also agreed to increase their contributions by the same amount.
Roger Shintaku, the general manager of the Salton Sea Authority, says the budget increase is necessary to “to take the agency from a maintenance status into an active status.” That includes making an assistant’s position full-time rather than part-time, and spending more on travel, office expenses and professional services including fees to a consultant.
This document from the Coachella Valley Water District Board’s agenda last week includes a detailed spending breakdown, as well as an earlier memo from Shintaku laying out reasons for the budget increase.