Letters to the editor (10/17/12)

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Trustee speaks for himself

Editor:
I want to address Mr. Albrecht’s letter to the editor in the Defensor Chieftain on Oct. 10.
During the meeting he shouted out and questioned why I was voting at the District IV Meeting in San Antonio. The former District III, which was made up of the city of Socorro, is now split into three different districts. While I reside in the current District III, I also have rental property in the new District IV, which is under a sole proprietorship, and eligible to vote in District IV, according to the bylaws.
Before questioning my eligibility to vote, Mr. Albrecht should have done his due diligence by asking either Mr. Herrera or the SEC attorney for clarification or by simply reading the bylaws.
I also want to address Mr. Albrecht’s concern on the eligibility to vote by members whose accounts are in arrears. The SEC cannot discriminate against members by not letting them vote if their accounts are in arrears. Who is going to question a member while they are registering if they are current on their account and there is nowhere in the bylaws that allow the SEC to do that very thing. As long as a member has an active meter, they are eligible to vote regardless of the status of their account.
In conclusion, Mr. Albrecht and anyone else questioning by eligibility should remember that they voted for five districts of approximately 2,000 members per district. How quickly he and others second guess the very changes they voted for. I am sure that I am not the only SEC member with eligibility in more than one district by virtue of the re-alignment of districts.
Please, Mr. Albrecht, don’t question my integrity publicly unless you are certain beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am guilty as charged.

Milton Ulibarri
SEC District III and IV Member

County unveils fraud reporting system

Editor:
Pursuant to resolution 2011-79, the Socorro County Board of County Commissioners stated that it is the policy of the Board to “ensure county taxpayers and citizens trust that county government is doing everything in its power to stop waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement of taxpayer resources and to assert that the best investment of tax dollars is made in a transparent/open county government to achieve this policy objective.”
Further, the board directed me to “develop and implement a system for citizens and employees to report suspicion of waste, fraud, or abuse; and to investigate credible allegations and is to take immediate appropriate action to address any substantiated allegation.”
It’s taken me a year, but I’ve finally been able to finish this tool, which is now located on the county’s sunshine site (you can link to this site form the front page of www.co.socorro.nm.us). This board has been very clear about their commitment to transparency and internal control and as a county resident and taxpayer, I am grateful to that commitment.
Socorro County’s fraud reporting system is a confidential and anonymous solution for reporting fraud, waste and abuse of county resources. We do not track visitors to the website and you can choose to provide your name or remain anonymous. All submissions are reviewed by the Socorro County manager.

Delilah A. Walsh
County Manager
Socorro County