Oceano and San Miguel facing state penalties
February 27, 2013
Following the failure to report employee compensation to the California State Controller’s Office as required by law, the communities of Oceano and San Miguel are facing fines of $5,000 each.
In both cases, the district managers were warned repeatedly by the state that failure to disclose employee compensation for 2011 would result in a $5,000 fine. Nevertheless, both Oceano Community Services District Manage Tom Geaslen and San Miguel Community Services District Manager Rene Salas did not provide the information as required by Government Code Section 53895.
Officials from the districts were required to submit the information to the state by Oct. 18. In letters dated Nov. 9, the district managers received their first warnings.
“This letter serves as a written notice of your failure to provide the Government Compensation in California report,” The letters say. “You must provide your GCC to the State Controller’s Office within 20 days of receipt of this letter. Failure to provide the report within 20 days of receiving this letter will result in a forfeiture… . These penalties range from $1,000 to $5,000 and are based on the costs to obtain the information to compile your GCC.”
The law also allows the state to bill the districts for any additional costs that are incurred if the state elects to hire certified public accountants to perform audits.