NID Credit Card Receives Questions From the Grand Jury

The Nevada County Grand Jury issued its opinion on an evaluation into charges imposed on credit card and other transaction fees to the Nevada Irrigation District and the distribution of any additional revenues received by NID on May 5, 2021.

The Grand Jury found NID’s $3.75 per transaction fee to be inconsistent with the pricing policies of numerous different distributors and merchants. They demand that the NID Board of Directors openly investigate its third-party arrangement with distributor Paymentus, product distribution use of free paperless billing, and establish a comprehensive consumer complaint mechanism.

The Jury reviewed customer rates connected with charging NID cured expenses in response to a public lawsuit. The probe is centered on electronic monthly bills.

Credit Card Questions From the Grand Jury

It provides studies on California Consumer Protection policies, direct observations, and business billing procedures. The Jury also looked into other California water companies’ policies and many different credit card service charges on other utility expenses.

The Grand Jury then decided that NID’s $3.75 service fee on card transaction fees is unprecedented for a water department. They also found that the information is in contrast to no drainage department in different areas, such as Napa, Turlock, Placer, or Modesto imposes such a tax.

However, Yuba City costs $1.60 per sale, while Sutter imposes a tiered system starting at $1. Credit or debit card is often not charged by AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, or Waste Management, while PG&E demands a one-time fee of $1.

The Jury also looked at NID’s $1.90 per monthly consumer payment to cover federal government penalties for required reporting enforcement towards the State of California. According to the Jury, NID may even have earned over $450,000 in extra payments in 2019 to offset nearly $399,000 out expenses.

The Nevada Irrigation District is a water supply corporation founded in 1921. It is headquartered in Northern California, serving a large portion of Nevada County and sections of Yuba and Placer counties.

Irrigation, urban, and household purposes are also made possible by the water. NID maintains and runs a 10-reservoir scheme, including Jackson Lake and Faucherie Reservoir, all of the Yuba-Bear Hydroelectric Project.