By KAREN VELIE
Less than three months after a 65 percent water rate increase went into effect, the Los Osos Community Services District is planning to approve a 23 percent raise for its general manager.
In Oct. 2016, the board voted to make Renee Osborne of Grace Environmental Services its general manager for $78,024 a year. If the board approves Osborne’s new contract at Thursday’s board meeting, it will raise her annual salary to $98,000.
Osborne manages a district that provides water, some lighting and some drainage to about 14,000 residents. Other services such as sewer, trash collection, law enforcement and fire protection are either contracted out or managed by other government agencies.
District staff is recommending the increase in pay to provide compensation for moving from a part-time manager position to a full-time position, according to the staff report.
If the new contract is approved, Osborne’s salary will increase from $6,005 a month to $8,010 a month.
Because of financial shortfalls, the district’s water department operated in the red last year. The recent water rate increase is expected to bring in between $500,000 to $900,000 a year over three years to pay for new infrastructure.
In the past, the district has had multiple problems with its general managers going through 16 in just 15 years.
The board will meet at 7 p.m. on Oct. 12 to vote on Osborne’s proposed pay increase.