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Reclamation District 1000 Reimbursement & Compensation Policy

Reimbursement Policy


The purpose of this policy is to inform Board members, management, staff, and the public of the District’s policy for prior authorization, reporting procedures, and reimbursement of District-related expenditures.

Reclamation District 1000 recognizes the necessity for its board members and employees to travel to conduct business, training, or attend meetings. This document is intended to clarify what is the District's responsibility and to provide guidelines to its employees and board members.

  1. Authorized Expenditures District funds, equipment, supplies, and staff time shall only be used for authorized District business. Expenses incurred in connection with the following types of activities generally constitute authorized expenses for Trustees, Managers or Staff that may be reimbursed, as long as the other requirements of this policy are met. District expenses shall include, but not be limited to, the following District activities or functions: 1. Costs associated with communicating with representatives of regional, state, and national governments on District adopted policy provisions or which support the District’s goals and mission.
  2.  Costs associated with attending educational seminars designed to improve a Trustee’s, Manager’s, or Staff’s skills and/or information levels related to their job duties or the District’s goals and mission. 
  3. Costs associated with participating in regional, state, and national organizations whose activities are directly related to the District’s goals and mission including, but not limited to, attendance at the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), California Special District Associations (CSDA). Floodplain Management Association (FMA) or other educational conferences where topics are being discussed that are directly related to the District’s mission and goals, as appropriate.
  4. Attending meetings of the Board, Standing Committees of the Board, or temporary Committees of members of the Board.
  5. Costs, such as parking or other incidental expenses, associated with attendance at a meeting with members of the legislative, executive, or judicial branch of the State or Federal governments where attendance is authorized by the Board President. For trips outside the Sacramento area reimbursement for travel expenses must be authorized by the Board President. Reimbursement for travel expenses outside the State must be authorized by the Board.
  6. Costs, such as parking or other incidental expenses, associated with attendance at a meeting with the leadership of any local, state, or Federal agency when authorized by the Board President to discuss District business. For trips outside the Sacramento area reimbursement for travel expenses must be authorized by the Board President. Reimbursement for travel expenses outside the State must be authorized by the Board.
  7. Reimbursement for office supplies and/or equipment purchased by staff outside the normal procurement process (i.e. purchases at warehouse stores such as Costco, Office Depot, or other similar stores) for convenience or cost savings to the District. Purchases must be approved by the General Manager.
  8. Purchase of meals in association with meetings where District business is the primary topic such as lunch meetings between the General Manager and Trustees or other nominal food purchases in conjunction with employee training or occasional celebratory events that support the District’s goals and mission. Purchases must be approved by the General Manager.
  9. Recognizing service to the District ( for example gifts or celebrations of nominal value and costs, upon a longtime employee retirement or recognizing a long time employees work anniversary). For purposes of this section, attendance includes: (a) Physical presence at the majority of the meeting, event, or occurrence listed above, unless presence for a lesser period is authorized by the President of the Board or Committee, respectively. (b) Lawful participation by teleconference in any other meeting listed in this policy. (c) Participation in an approved home study or online ethics course to meet requirements of Government Code Sections §53234 - §53235.5.

Reimbursement for the following expenses requires prior Board approval: 1.

  1. International and out-of-state travel for Trustees, Management, or Staff;
  2. Accommodations for overnight stays for Trustees, Management, or Staff; and
  3. Expenses that exceed limits established for Trustees, Management, or Staff if the District establishes such limits.

Personal expenses are not reimbursable. Examples of personal expenses that the District will not reimburse include, but are not limited to:

  1. The personal portion of any trip;
  2. Political or charitable contributions or events;
  3. Family expenses, including partner’s expense when accompanying a Trustees(s), Manager(s) or Staff member(s) on agency-related business, as well as children or pet-related expenses; 
  4. Entertainment expenses, including theater, movies (either in-room or at the theater) sporting events (including gym, massage, and/or gold-related expenses), or other cultural events.
  5. Non-mileage personal automobile expenses, including repairs, traffic citations, insurance, commuting mileage, or gasoline.
  6. Alcohol, laundry service, and personal telephone calls; and
  7. Personal losses not related to the District’s business incurred while on District business.

Meeting Stipends

Trustees will be paid the adopted stipend for meetings of the Board including Regular, Special, or Emergency as well as standing Committee meetings, or temporary Committee meetings. The term “meeting” is defined in section §54952.2 of the Government Code. This section is also known as the Ralph M. Brown Act. As used in this chapter, “meeting” means any congregation of a majority of the members of a legislative body at the same time and location, including teleconference location as permitted in Section §54953, to hear, discuss, deliberate, or take action on any item that is within the subject matter jurisdiction of the legislative body.

Aggregate Limits

The number of meetings for which a Director receives a stipend shall not exceed the aggregate limits established by state law (AB 1234) or by Ordinance Adopted by the Board, whichever is less.

Reimbursement Requirements

To minimize District costs and keep expenses within reasonable standards for public officials, expenditures should adhere to the following guidelines. In the event that expenses are incurred which exceed these guidelines, the cost borne or reimbursed by the District may be limited to the costs that fall within the guidelines.

Unless the Board or this policy establishes other permitted reimbursements rates for travel, meals, lodging, and other actual and necessary expenses, the District will reimburse expense at the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) rate for travel, meals, lodging and other actual and necessary expenses established in Publication 463, or any successor publication.


Reimbursement of the expense of attendance at an authorized conference or organized educational activity shall include any registration, attendance, tuition, materials, or other similar charges of the conference organizer or activity provider.


The most economical mode and class of transportation reasonably consistent with scheduling needs and cargo space requirements should be used, using the most direct and time-efficient route. Government and group rates offered by a provider of transportation shall be used when available.

Automobile mileage is reimbursed at Internal Revenue Service rates presently in effect (see These rates are designed to compensate the driver for gasoline, insurance, maintenance, and other expenses associated with operating the vehicle. This amount does not include bridge, road tolls, or parking, which are also reimbursable. The Internal Revenue Service mileage will not be paid in conjunction with rental vehicles; only receipted fuel expenses and the cost of the rental will be reimbursed.

Taxi or shuttle fares may be reimbursed, including gratuity per fare, when the cost of such fares is equal or less than the cost of car rentals, gasoline, and parking combined, or when such transportation is necessary for time efficiency.


Lodging expenses will be reimbursed or paid for when travel on the official District business reasonably requires an overnight stay.

If such lodging is in connection with a conference, lodging expense must not exceed the group rate published by the conference sponsor for the meeting in question if such rates are available at the time of booking.

Trustees, Managers, and Staff must request government rates when available. Lodging rates that are equal to or less than government rates are presumed to be reasonable and hence reimbursable for purposes of this policy. In the event that government rates are not available at a given time or in a given area, lodging rates equal to or less than the rate shown on the GSA schedule for city/state or area of travel will be used (see Lodging rates that do not exceed this amount per night are presumed to be reasonable and hence reimbursable. Other rates must be approved by the Board.

Official overnight travel and other related expenses by Trustees, Managers, and Staff must be preauthorized by the Board of Trustees. In unusual circumstances where overnight travel is urgent and necessary to the District but is unforeseen until after the previous Board meeting, the General Manager may authorize such travel with the consent of the Board President.


The maximum daily amount reimbursable for local meals including beverages and tips will be based on the GSA schedule for the current year. Such amounts will be annually adjusted to reflect changes in the GSA schedule for the current year. The District may not pay for tips greater than 18%.

This policy recognizes that it is sometimes in the best interest of the District to provide meals or other accommodations during the conduct of District business and pre-authorize Trustees and Managers to make reasonable and appropriate expenditures for that purpose.


Trustees, Managers, and Staff will be reimbursed for actual telephone, cellular, and fax expenses incurred on District business. Telephone and cellular bills must identify which calls were made on the District business.


Trustees, Managers, and Staff members will be reimbursed for Internet access connection and/or usage fees away from home if Internet access is necessary for District-related business. Reimbursement will not exceed the actual amount charged for the out-of-town accommodation.

Airport Parking

Long-term airport parking must be used for travel exceeding 24 hours.

Credit Card Use Policy

The District does issue credit cards to the General Manager and Administrative Services Managers for selected District expenses. Managers may use the District’s credit card for such purposes as meal purchases and hotel reservations by following the same procedures listed in this policy. Receipts documenting expenses incurred on the District credit card and compliance with this policy must be submitted within ten (10) business days of use or upon return from the business trip.

There shall be no personal or unauthorized expenses charged on District credit cards.

Cash Advance/Per Diem

Trustees or Staff members traveling without a District credit card may receive a cash advance based on the per diem rates published by the GSA. Advances will be given to each Trustee or Staff member one business day prior to the date of departure. Each employee is required to sign the Cash Advance Form upon receiving the advance. Upon return, receipts and cash must be submitted totaling the amount of the advance.

Expense Report Content and Submission Deadline

All cash advance expenditures and expense reimbursement requests must be submitted on an expense report form provided by the District. Expense reports must document that the expense in question meets the requirements of this policy. For example, if the meeting is with a legislator, the Trustee should explain whose meals were purchased and the nature of the meeting.

Trustees, Managers, and Staff must submit their expense reports within thirty (30) days of an expense being incurred, accompanied by receipts documenting the expense. Itemized restaurant receipts, in addition to any credit card receipts, are also part of the necessary documentation.

The inability to provide such documentation in a timely fashion may result in the expense being denied for reimbursement.

Audits and Expense Reports

All expenses are subject to verification that they comply with this policy.

Reports to Board

Except where the subject of a meeting relates to matters discussed in closed session, each Trustee shall briefly give an oral report on meetings attended at District expense. If multiple Trustees attended, a joint report may be made.

Compliance with Laws

Trustees should keep in mind that some expenditures may be subject to reporting under the Political Reform Act and other laws. All District expenditures are public records subject to disclosure under the Public Records Act and other laws.

Authorized Employees

The Board may determine if the activities of any Trustee or staff person are authorized and subject to this policy and therefore subject to reimbursement.

Violation of This Policy

In compliance with AB1234 (Government Code Section §53232), the following are the causes that may be pursued for violation of this policy.

Use of public resources or falsifying expense reports in violation of this policy may result in any or all of the following: 1) loss of reimbursement privileges, 2) a demand for restitution to the District, 3) the District reporting the expenses as income to the Trustee to state and federal tax authorities, 4) civil penalties of up to $1,000 per day and three times the value of the resources used, and 5) prosecution for misuse of public resources.

Compensation Policy



 The purpose of this Compensation Philosophy is to document the District’s process and philosophy for determining compensation and benefits for employees in their service to the District. It is intended to provide transparency to the public on how their assessments are being used to meet the District’s mission. It assists management in projecting future budgets and cash flow projections to determine when revenues might need to be increased to meet projected expenditures. It also informs District employees on potential future salary adjustments so they can make personal financial decisions. As with any District policy, however, it will be reviewed from time to time and may be modified by the Board of Trustees at any time. Likewise, the benefits currently provided to District employees may also be modified from time to time or terminated by the Board of Trustees, except as may otherwise be required by law.

Also, this philosophy should not be construed as a contract or agreement for future wage increases; but reflects the current philosophy of the Board on compensation for District employees. While the District has generally followed this philosophy over the recent past, there have been years when the Board deviated based on economic considerations such as the overall state of the economy, and similar labor market trends. The Board must also consider the overall fiscal stability of the District and recognizes we are bound by state and federal laws and any increases in future funding to meet the goals outlined in this philosophy may be subject to a vote by property owners in the District.

I.           HISTORY & MISSION OF RD 1000:

Reclamation District No. 1000’s stated mission is flood protection for the Natomas Basin providing for the public’s health and safety by operating and maintaining the levees, and the District’s canals and pump stations in a safe, efficient and responsible manner.

The District was formed in 1911 by an act of the State Legislature to provide flood control and drainage services to the Natomas basin area of Sacramento and Sutter Counties. Formed as an agricultural district, it has urbanized over time and now protects over 100,000 residents, numerous businesses, schools and the Sacramento International Airport with over $5 billion in damageable property.

Given this critical public safety mission, the District strives to maintain a professional, competent and dedicated work force to carry out its responsibilities. To this end, the District proposes to adopt the following compensation philosophy.


a)     Size: The District has 12 full-time positions and three temporary/part time positions employees (two field and one office)

b)     Structure: The staffing structure consists of three management positions and 9 administrative and flood operations staff allocated to the following classifications:

·  General Manager/District Engineer

·  Superintendent – Flood Operations

·  Administrative Services Manager

·  Foreman (1)

·  Flood Operations Specialist I/II (6)

·  Vehicle and Equipment Mechanic Specialist(1)

·  Administrative Assistant (1)


a)     The goals and objectives of the District’s Total Compensation Program:

The goals and objectives of the Total Compensation Program are to provide a salary and benefits package that enables the District to attract, recruit, reward, motivate and retain a highly qualified workforce recognizing the important public safety role we play in protecting the community and the diverse skill set needed to perform all the duties and responsibilities in an efficient and professional manner with a limited staff.

b)    The components of the District’s Total Compensation Program consists of:

·       Base pay for each classification that is market competitive and equitable to enable recruitment, retention and motivation

·       Bonus incentives to recognize and reward the attainment and retention of a CA CDL class A or B and other designated job-related licenses and certifications as determined by the General Manager

·       An annual longevity bonus to recognize and reward employees (except the General Manager position) that provide more than 5 years of continuous service to the District. The bonus starts at $250 and increases incrementally with every additional five years of continuous services to a maximum of $2000 after 20 years.

·       A $50,000 life insurance policy (District pays 100% of premium)

·       To ensure the ongoing well-being of District personnel, the District contributes to the cost of various retirement, health and welfare programs, which include:

o   Participation in the federal Social Security plan matching employee contributions for FICA and Medi-care;

o   A retirement contribution as determined by CalPERS which includes both a normal cost contribution and an unfunded liability cost to the CalPERS defined benefit retirement plan (2%@55) for employees hired prior to 1/1/2013. In recent years this contribution has been between 15% and 17% of employees pay. For employees hired after 1/1/2013 (2%@62) the District provides a 6.25% normal cost contribution (currently no unfunded liability exists for this class)

o   A contribution of 75% of premium costs for health insurance for employees and dependents;

o   A contribution of 100% of premium costs for dental and vision insurance for employees and dependents; and

o   OPEB (Other Post-Employment Benefits) for which the District has deposited irrevocable funds in the CalPERB Trust as follows:

§  A contribution of 75% of premium costs for health insurance for retired employees (OPEB) hired before 1/1/2013 and with 5 years of service.

§  For employees hired after 1/1/2013 a minimum contribution of 50% of premium costs for health insurance for retired employees with a minimum of 10 years of service with the contribution increasing by 5% per year to a maximum contribution of 100% of premium costs after 20 years of service.

o   Sick, holiday, vacation, boot allowance and other benefits as described in the Employee Handbook


·       The District will establish a salary schedule for each job classification to establish the entry-level and top salary for each position

·       The targeted midpoint for each of the District’s job classifications is the calculated midpoint of the market surveyed median salary range + 5% to establish a competitive position within the relevant market which includes flood control districts, Cities, Counties, and other similar special districts within our geographic market with whom we compete for qualified employees.

·       Since vertical progression within the salary ranges within a small agency is limited and can impact the ability to retain and motivate qualified staff, salary ranges are established with a 35% spread around the calculated midpoint for all positions. This practice is consistent with other similar public agencies in our market.


To ensure that the salary structure continues to align with the relevant market, the District will:

·       Adjust the midpoints of the salary ranges in July of each year by the percent change in the Consumer Price Index or CPI (from April to April of each year) as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for the Sacramento region: and

·       Will conduct a total compensation survey of comparable organizations within the relevant labor market at three-year intervals to maintain our competitive position within the market for both salary and benefits. The salary schedules may be adjusted based on the results of the survey.


To reward and recognize differences in performance, length of service, and improved competency through experience as well as recognizing lost buying power due to cost inflation, individual salaries within each range will be adjusted in July of each year by the District Board of Trustees as part of the budget process based on a recommendation from the Personnel Committee

·       Subject to specific Board considerations previously noted, including but not limited to, the fiscal stability of the District, the overall state of the economy, and similar labor market trends, the District generally provides a cost of living adjustment or COLA based on the relative increase in the CPI described above provided the employee has received an acceptable performance evaluation and their current salary is below the top of the adopted salary schedule (following the annual range adjustment). Individual salaries that fall below the adjusted salary range will be adjusted to the minimum of the range prior to the application of any merit-based or step increases described below;

·       Additional salary increases may be awarded based on the individual’s performance evaluation rating (merit) and increased competency as they gain experience providing for their advancement through the salary range. In general, the combined merit and competency increases range will follow the guidelines below. .

Lower third of salary range                   4% to 6%

Middle third of salary range                  3% to 5%

Upper third of salary range                   0% to 3%

Employees who meet the standard can expect salary adjustments near the bottom of the ranges described above while adjustments for employees who exceed the standard will be in the upper portion of the range. The District may award increases higher than those listed above for employees who receive Outstanding on their performance evaluations on a case-by-case basis. Likewise, employees who receive below-standard evaluations will receive no increase or less than shown above.