|The Tatitlek Village IRA Council is the governing body of the utility. The utility is fully subsidized by the community; residents do not pay any fees for water or wastewater services. The community pays the salary of the water operator, phone and internet costs related to the utility; Chugachmiut - the regional tribal consortium - pays for fuel and supplies associated with the water and wastewater utilities.
The community is working with an accountant outside the community (Aleut Accounting) for overall bookkeeping services, with tribal office staff taking responsibility for the day-to-day workings of the community, payroll, and electric utility invoicing.
Documents were not supplied and therefore could not confirm that YTD revenues and expenditures correspond with budgeted amounts. As the financial recording system is refined and the budget is expanded in detail, it will become easier to evaluate the relationship between intended income and expense with actual amounts.
The community schedules monthly meetings, but is not always successful at raising a quorum, most particularly in the summer months.
Fuel is readily available, with purchases as needed. The community orders fuel from Whittier. The prior vendor was Crowley, but the community felt their fuel was too expensive. Access by barge is year-round, as the Prince William Sound is ice-free. The community sells heating fuel to residents from an Alaska Energy Authority (AEA) sponsored bulk fuel facility.
Electricity is provided by the Tatitlek Electric Utility. |