Board of Directors Compensation and Benefits
- Meeting Compensation:
- West Basin Municipal Water District Per Diem: It is the policy of the West Basin Municipal Water District to compensate its Directors for the time they dedicate to advancing the projects and activities of the District. Each Director is authorized to be compensated for up to 10 meetings per month at $270.70 per meeting. There is a maximum of one compensated meeting per day. “Meetings” are defined as meetings of the Board, committee meetings, and such other meetings and events as reasonably necessary to further the interests of the District, subject to Board approval.
- Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) Per Diem: Each Director appointed to act as the MWD representative receives $270.70 per meeting they attend on behalf of MWD, not to exceed a total of 10 meetings per month. There is a maximum of one compensated meeting per day.
- Retirement Plan: Directors who assumed office before January 1, 1995, are eligible to participate in the California Public Employeesâ€™ Retirement System (CalPERS.) Directors who assumed office on or after January 1, 1995 may participate in the District’s Public Agency System (PARS) Plan. Certain Directors are eligible for PARS supplemental retirement plan benefits.
- Health Insurance: The District provides medical coverage for Directors in a group medical insurance plan selected and approved by the Board. Eligibility for enrollment in the medical plan is effective the first day of the month following the Directorâ€™s assumption of office. Premiums are currently paid by the District. Participation in the medical plan is available to Directors, eligible retired Directors and their dependents. Dependent means the spouse, registered domestic partner, unmarried dependent children, and other family members eligible for coverage under the group medical plan document.
- Health Reimbursement Arrangement: Effective the first day of medical coverage with the District, Directors may be reimbursed for eligible health care (medical, dental, vision, or hearing) expenses not covered by insurance. Reimbursement of expenses is in accordance with the current IRS regulations and can be made up to $4,000 per plan year for Director only enrollment, up to $8,000 for Director plus one dependent, and up to $12,000 for Director plus two or more dependents.
- Dental Care: Directors, eligible retired Directors and their dependents are eligible to participate in the Board approved group dental plan the first of the month following the Directors’ assumption of office. Premiums are currently paid by the District. Dependent means the spouse, registered domestic partner, unmarried dependent children, and other family members eligible for coverage under the group medical plan document.
- Vision Care: The District does not maintain a separate group vision insurance plan. The District will reimburse eligible vision care expenses incurred by Directors, eligible retired Directors and their dependents enrolled in the group medical plan subject to the limits described under the Health Reimbursement Arrangement benefit.
- Supplemental Insurance: Directors may purchase voluntary supplemental insurance plans to include cancer protection, accident, disability and critical illness insurance. Premiums are paid by the Director through payroll deduction. Plans are portable in the event the Director leaves office.
- Automobile Allowance: District Directors may opt to receive a monthly car allowance in the amount of $463.50 for performance of their official duties. All automobile travel within Los Angeles County and within a fifty-mile radius of the District Headquarters is covered by the Director’s car allowance policy. Mileage incurred for travel beyond these limitations is reimbursable at the standard IRS mileage reimbursement rate. Mileage incurred for travel within these limitations is not reimbursable and rental vehicles are prohibited from being used for such travel.
- Communications Allowance: Directors may elect to receive a flat monthly communications allowance of $387.03. The monthly payment shall be in-lieu of the payment or reimbursement for any communication associated costs including but not limited to telephone calls, internet fees, equipment or media. Directors who do not receive this monthly allowance are entitled to reimbursement of any communications related expenses in connection with District business.
- Travel and Transportation: When necessary during the course of a Board member’s official duties, travel and transportation costs are funded by the District.
- Life Insurance: The District provides a group term life insurance plan for Directors. The amount of coverage is $10,000, subject to age-related reductions. Coverage is terminated when the Director leaves office.
- Deferred Compensation Plan: The District provides a Section 457 deferred compensation plan for Directors. Directors may defer portions of their compensation pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code regulations and the governing plan document. The District does not match Director contributions. Effective March 23, 2015, the District provides a CalPERS 457 Loan Program option wherein Directors may take out a loan against their 457 Plan contributions. Loan option eligibility and terms are in accordance with the plan agreement.
- Flexible Spending Account: Directors may annually contribute to a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) plan. The Director may elect to annually contribute up to $5,000 through a pre-tax payroll deduction to the Dependent Care FSA.
- Employee Assistance Program: The District provides professional counseling services through an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for Directors. EAP services are completely confidential at no cost to the Director and family members. Professional counseling is available (up to six sessions per incident) for personal, family, legal, financial, or other problems.
- Tuition Reimbursement: The District will reimburse Directors for 90 percent of the tuition, registration fees, parking fees, and required book and laboratory costs per quarter or semester, for up to 12 units of coursework directly related to District business or operations. If the Director voluntarily leaves office within 24 months of completion of such coursework, the tuition reimbursement must be repaid to the District. The Director is eligible for reimbursement for a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree. Post graduate coursework, such as a doctoral or second Master’s program is not eligible for reimbursement.
- CalPERS Long Term Care Program: CalPERS provides an opportunity for Directors and certain related family members to voluntarily obtain long-term care insurance at group rates, only when made available by CalPERS. Premiums depend upon the ages of covered program participants and are paid entirely by the Director.
Please visit the State Controller’s website for the District’s reported board members and staff compensation.
*Rates displayed effective 1/1/2021