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, whichÂ 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 alsoÂ agreed to increase theirÂ contributions by the same amount.
Roger Shintaku, the general manager of the Salton Sea Authority,Â says theÂ budget increase isÂ necessary to â€œto take the agency from a maintenance status into an active status.â€ That includes making an assistantâ€™s position full-time rather than part-time, and spending more on travel, office expenses and professional services including fees to a consultant.
This documentÂ from the Coachella Valley Water DistrictÂ Boardâ€™s agenda last week includes a detailed spending breakdown, as well asÂ an earlier memo from Shintaku laying out reasons for the budget increase.