KENNEWICK — The Kennewick Irrigation District is ending the year with more than $500,000 in reserve thanks to savings gained through management reorganization and termination of several mid-level jobs since late 2009.
Colleen Storms, who was hired in August as treasurer, told the board that salaries and wages are running about 13.6 percent less than a year ago, and the savings on fringe benefits is even higher, at 16 percent.
As of October's end, the savings totaled $510,878 for wages, salaries and benefits.
KID's 2011 budget is $7.9 million, with about 25 percent paying salaries, wages and benefits.
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Storms said some of the savings is from eliminating positions or through other reductions.
Most of the changess came following the hiring of Chuck Freeman as KID's secretary manager in November 2009. Freeman announced a reorganization in January 2010, which was followed by reassignment of positions and duties for several employees in July.
The managers whose high-paying jobs ended in the past 18 months include:
-- Treasurer Clark Haueter dismissed in May 2010 from his $103,500-a-year job. He was replaced by Storms, who is paid $95,000. Net savings: $8,500 annually.
-- Margo Hines, assistant district manager, whose job was eliminated in October 2009, saving $82,000 annually.
-- Real estate manager Joetta Rupert, dismissed from her $80,000-a-year job in July 2010. That position was eliminated and the real estate division office consolidated into KID's main office. Net savings: $80,000 annually.
-- The $80,000-a-year operations manager job was eliminated in March 2010 with the resignation of Gregory Harting. The duties were assigned to the new engineering manager, Ed Everaert, who was hired in May at $100,000 a year. He replaced former engineering manager Harry Fox, who had been paid $92,560 a year. Net savings: $72,560 annually.
-- Two field supervisor positions were eliminated in July, saving about $120,000 annually.
-- Freeman is receiving $105,000 annually. Doug Grover, his predecessor, was paid $113,850 a year. Net savings: $8,850 annually.
"We are down eight positions, and the 2011 budget is at 2008 levels," Freeman said.
Planning manager Scott Revell took on extra duties as interim secretary manager during 2009. He earned $117,000 annually until December when he returned to planning manager, with a pay raise of $11,000. He now is paid $97,500 annually.
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