MONROVIA — In Hollywood, agents are famous for grabbing their 10%. But in the municipal water game, an attempt to take a 20% commission can raise some eyebrows.
Monrovia officials are bristling at what they consider a cavalier attempt by the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District to confiscate 20% of a recent $18,816 rebate honoring the city's water conservation efforts.
The municipal district, which acts as the city's intermediary to the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California--which gave the award--maintains that it is entitled to a cut to compensate it for administrative costs.
The city last week lodged a formal protest. "It looks like they did nothing more in the way of administration than look at a (water) gauge, and for that they take 20% of our rebate," Mayor Bob Bartlett said. "We're going to fight."