DSRSD says recently approved worker bonuses not likely

Payments would be made only if there's money left over in tight budget year

Even though the Dublin San Ramon Services District board of directors recently approved plans to award workers with bonuses - some as high as $30,000 - they say it doesn't necessarily mean any of the district's employees will be receiving any.

Awarding bonuses has everything to do with the economy, according to Sue Stephenson, spokeswoman for the district that provides sewer services to Pleasanton and San Ramon and drinking water supplies to Dublin and the Dougherty Valley area of San Ramon.

"I'm not holding my breath," Stephenson said. "I would not be surprised if (the 2009-10 fiscal year) is much like '09 (2008-09 fiscal year) - which was zero (bonuses)."

Stephenson says the board's recent approval to award workers with bonuses was just a technicality and would only be given if there is enough money left over to award bonuses.

Stephenson said the district has an employee incentive program, Pay for Performance, which is geared toward rewarding senior managers no more than 15 percent of their base salaries for achieving work-related goals.

Under the program, district employees receive up to a 10-percent bonus for reaching those same work performance benchmarks.

But, Stephenson clarified that bonuses are only rewarded "if it's a good year," financially, such as a surplus in the district's operating budget. If that doesn't occur, there are no bonuses. Whether any bonuses will be paid out for '09 will be determined this fall, she added. A date has yet to be set to consider this.

The board drew additional criticism from some district residents for its decision as it followed an approval in July to raise district sewer rates by $39.78 per year. The rate increase to residential customers is said to assist in offsetting a rise in cost for wastewater treatment services.

The district's goal is to keep rates for customers as low as possible, Stephenson said. Employees face furlough days totaling two weeks per year, she added, which is equivalent to a 4-percent cut in pay.

The employee incentive program began in 1998. During a 10-year period between then and 2008, the district awarded in excess of $2.2 million in bonuses. That amount includes the $370,000 given to 37 employees as bonuses following the completion of the 2008-09 fiscal year.

Stephenson said the 2008-09 fiscal year was the last time anyone received a bonus.

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Posted by Water Customer
a resident of Dublin
on Aug 31, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Wow, bonuses? Are they kidding? The water is so atrocious no one can even drink it in Dublin! No offense, but I'd ask the district to dump any extra cash into a DSRSD "customer rebate fund" for account holders who are forced to basically re-pipe our homes, replace our toilets every 4-5 years and scrape out calcification and corrdoed crud in our pipes on a routine basis, thanks to the fabulous water system! We buy bottled water to not only drink, but to even steam vegetables with, which is horrendous for our planet and landfills! Perhaps the board of directors should pour themselves a nice tall glass of that good old drinking water in our district? They'll come to understand why we even give the dog bottled water!!

Yah, I'd re-think that good old bonus system, no offense to hard working employees, but let's face it no one is getting raises or bonuses in this economy. Pour the extra cash into upgrading the water quality....from what I've been told, this is a recurring theme with this organization....the water has been horrendous in Dublin for years, which is why everyone moves to San Ramon or Pleasanton!

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Posted by William
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 1, 2010 at 10:07 am

"Stephenson said the district has an employee incentive program, Pay for Performance, which is geared toward rewarding senior managers no more than 15 percent of their base salaries for achieving work-related goals."

What incentive? I though a salary and a job was incentive enough. You have to bribe senior managers with extra money to meet your goals?

As long as it's your money paying their salary, in "good years" they reward themselves. This downturn in the economy won't last forever and unless we stop this type kind of privileged thinking now, they will go back to their old ways when things turn around.

Wake up Dublin (and elsewhere). Your wallets are being drained at someone else's expense and on so many different levels.

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Sep 1, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Great way to cut costs!

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Posted by Astonished by the Ignorance
a resident of another community
on Oct 12, 2011 at 11:01 am

Pleasanton and San Ramon get the same water Dublin does. It all comes from Zone 7. None of the municipalities do treatment nor can they affect source water quality. The water we get comes from the Delta and wells (hardness), not the Sierra like EBMUD and SFPUC. You balk at rates now, but rates would increase even more dramatically if you want better source water. It would require infrastructure into the billions...

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Posted by Morgan
a resident of Canyon Meadows
on Oct 12, 2011 at 11:21 am

Somebody above says "no offense to hard working employees, but let's face it no one is getting raises or bonuses in this economy."

Well speaking for myself, I'm offended. As one of the top 1%, and whose income has tripled over the past few years, my bonus package at Bank of America was well into six figures. I deserve every penny of it. And if it takes additional monthly customer fees to get me that bonus, well, all the more power/wealth to me!

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