Assets for Concordia Parish Sewerage District No. 1 exceeded liabilities by $5,010,725 for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2018, according to a financial report released Monday by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor.

Total expenses exceeded revenues by $413,582.

The district had net capital assets of $7,331,722 and paid salaries, payroll taxes and benefits of $97,966.

In a statement of revenues, expenses and changes in net position, revenues totaled $580,813 for 2018, including $524,094, sewerage fees; and $6,719, penalty charges.

Expenses totaled $831,759, including $91,966, salaries and benefits; $84,536, operating expenses; $6,420, commissioners’ fees; $5,753, payroll taxes; $48,180, collection fees; $14,367, professional fees; $82,135, utility expenses; $26,281, insurance; and $472,121, depreciation.

The result was an operating loss of $300,946 for the year.

Management reported that the year 2018 “proved to be a continuous struggle to transition from constant problems to a preventative maintenance program. District No. 1 has made strides for continuing education of personnel/labor with mixed results. District No. 1 is up to this challenge and, with the new grant for Washington Heights awarded, looking forward to better servicing customers in Concordia Parish.”

The district was created by ordinance of the Concordia Parish Police Jury in 1976 for the purpose of providing “sewerage and waste treatment services to the rural areas of eastern Concordia Parish.”

Compensation for district manager Debi T. Duncan totaled $27,746, including $19,083 in salary and $8,663 in insurance benefits.

Five commissioners appointed by the Police Jury govern the district. Commissioners are each paid $100 per meeting. They include Charles Turner, Eddie Nugent, Richard Crews, William Rayborn and Cornell Lewis.

The district employs approximately 1,176 customers and has two full-time employees and hires part-time employees as needed.

The district office is located on Mack Moore Road, Ferriday.

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