Board of Trustees Compensation Comparison
KCEC Board Expenditure Comparison
The Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, Inc. (KCEC) Board of Trustees are compensated for the time they spend in such activities as board meetings, committee meetings, training and advocacy for the cooperative. A recent comparative compensation report shows their expenditures to be in line with those of other cooperative boards. The KCEC board has consistently been in the middle to low end of board expenditures in comparison with other cooperatives, as well as the Taos town and county governments. A breakdown of data collected is available upon request.
In comparing KCEC’s board expenses to other cooperatives it should be noted that most are concerned only with electricity, whereas the KCEC board must also contend with issues in regard to telecommunications and propane. Other projects under the guidance of the KCEC board include the Enchanted Light Fiber Optic High Speed Internet Project and the Taos Regional Communication and Command Center. Yet in spite of the added responsibility the expenses show a prudent use of member finances. For example, total revenue for KCEC in 2011 was $35,924,870 as compared to Central New Mexico Electric Cooperative at $35,654,986, yet the expenses per board member were an average of $13,900 for KCEC’s board members compared to $21,244 for CNMEC board members. Lea County Electric Cooperative topped the list with $26,260 per board member and Mora-San Miguel was at the other end with $11,611 per board member.
It is also relevant to compare the KCEC board member compensation with other elected officials. In the case of the Taos County Board of Commissioners, compensation ranged from $36,968.68 to $41,110.69 per commissioner, plus per diem. The Taos Town Councilors compensation totaled $393,148 for the mayor and four councilors. This averages to $78,228. The county commissioner’s constituency is about 30,000 and the town about 6,000, while the KCEC members are about 26,000.