AGO Opinion 81093

Compensation of Rural Water District Directors
Opinion 81093

Senator Harry B. Chronister
State Capitol
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509

Re: Compensation of Rural Water District Directors

Dear Senator Chronister:

We are responding to your letter in which you state that you are considering introducing legislation to amend Neb. Rev. Stat. § 46-1018 (Reissue 1978), to provide for "reimbursement for actual and necessary expenses" for members of Rural Water District Boards.

Neb. Rev. Stat. § 46-1018 now reads: "The chairman and allpersons who may perform any service or labor as provided in sections 46-1001 to 46-1020 shall be paid such just and reasonable
compensation as may be allowed by the board of directors . . . ."

You state in your letter you are attempting to reimburse board members for mileage and other out of pocket expenses incurred in connection with the business of the district. We believe that the present language in Neb. Rev. Stat. § 46-1018
(Reissue 1978) is sufficient to reimburse the board members for these expenses. We do not believe that any amendment is necessary to the present legislation to reimburse the board members, nor do we believe that the proposed language would serve any useful purpose in clarifying the power of the board.

Very truly yours,

Attorney General

G. Roderic Anderson
Assistant Attorney General