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July 13, 2024

$23,568,371.00 in Debt and expected to GROW!

By Kirk Allen & John Kraft

On January 13, 2013

EDGAR CO. (ECWd) – It appears that business as usual continues with the Clark-Edgar Rural Water District.  Current debt obligations, as reported in this year’s audit, which includes obligations of bond payments, interest payments, and a line of credit, comes to a whopping $23,568,371.00 dollars.

Yes, $23.5 Million dollars.

Now in fairness, as claimed by the Chairman, Tom Jones, they don’t count interest so it’s not really that much debt.  If you don’t count the interest they are sitting at $16,397,311.00 dollars according to the math in the 2012 audit.

What I find interesting with that position is that last year alone they paid $451,279 dollars in interest payments.

You know, the interest they don’t count!


2011 Audit  –  2012 Audit 

The line of credit loan they have hasn’t seemed to have been reduced any either.  December of 2011, according to the audit, was at an obligated debt figure of $1,580,723.00 which has now grown to $2,109,724.00 dollars, which represents more than a half a million more in debt in 12 months!

More disturbing in this financial reporting are items found on page 33 of 65 in the 2011 audit and 38 of 68 in the 2012 audit.

Note #20 – In November of 2011, a payment of $22,850 was received from FEMA to reimburse the District of additional costs incurred during ice storms in January and February of 2011. The payment was not accrued in the April 30, 2011, financial statements due to the delay and the uncertainty of the payment.

Now, I admit I am not a CPA, but I do know that when the SAME EXACT NOTE NUMBER, which has the SAME EXACT STATEMENT appears two years in a row in an audit, there is a problem.

How many more items are simply cut and pasted in this audit?  I understand how in 2011 the payment received after the April 2011 financial statements would not accrue, however, it makes NO SENSE for that payment to not have accrued in the April 2012 financial statements!

Even more disturbing is the information provided to the Illinois Comptroller’s office, who by the way is now being sued by For the Good of Illinois for non compliance with the Freedom of Information Act.

According to the financial report filed by the CPA who has claimed the water district is a Quasi-government entity, which it is not, fails to disclose a single thing about the line of credit loan on the Statement of Indebtedness page.  The only thing they listed were the Revenue Bonds.

For total salary to all employees, they report $226,738.00 to the Comptroller, yet their own audit reflects $256,068.00 on page 46 of 68 in the 2012 audit? How do you get a $29,3330.00 dollar difference from the audit versus what is provided to the State?

Or payroll tax reported to the state of $17,345.00, however, no such entry was found in the audit?  On page 42 of 68 is the only reference I found to payroll tax liabilities, and that number only reflects $2,702.00, or $14,643.00 different from what they reported to the state?

And let’s not forget this very same public body is planning on going another $5,000,000.00 in debt very soon with yet another bond! 

Did you know they hold more accumulated debt than all of the debt held by Clark County and Edgar County government bodies combined? 

Like I said, don’t take my word on the figures!  Download the files, go to the state web links and cross reference for yourself.  I am human and may have missed something but after cross checking three times I am pretty confident in what I am reporting!




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  • cant takeit
    Posted at 22:02h, 24 January Reply


    Good for you on what you folks are taking on and having success for the county. There is a lot that needs to be cleared up and you are making a difference. Please consider staying above the likes of who you report on. Keep a sense of professionalism as it will add credibility. Your marketing efforts are also getting noticed. If there is one thing I hear over and over in the community about the watchdogs it is that there is a lack of follow through. Although we are certainly seeing results from your efforts those of us that follow you wonder about the end result. For example, what happened to all the Bob Colvin allegations? This guy needs held accountable yet we haven’t heard anything else on the CEWRD and corruption within. Also, people want to know how they can “contribute” to your efforts. Have you considered a donation button on your website to help fund what you are doing? Thank you for what you do and for all the time well spent on cleaning up the mess around here!

    • jmkraft
      Posted at 07:59h, 25 January Reply


      As you are aware, Justice is extremely slow, but we will try to provide updates on a regular basis – maybe once a quarter or so. Keep in mind there are some things we won’t mention while in process in order to avoid revealing our methods. But when final results eventually come to fruition, we will report it here.

      As far as contributing, when our registration in the Illinois Attorney General’s Charitable Organization Database is complete we will have a “donate” button on the front page. We cannot collect or solicit any donations until that is complete.

      Thank you again,

  • cant take it
    Posted at 23:38h, 26 February Reply

    The watchdogs have our county officials sitting up and taking notice. Our community leaders need to know that they are held to a high standard. I’m sure there are some good folks out there that could serve and be above board. But we have to get rid of the riff raff first. It is hard to believe everything that is going on with Chris Patrick. Why doesn’t this guy just step down? We all know that its not like board members etc. get a bick payout for being on the board. so A, he is hiding something..or B, his pride is in the way. Maybe both! One thing I’m certain of….I’m sure Bob Colvin is happy that the focus has turned to Chris. We as Watchdog supportors are stilll hoping however….that the Colvin situation with CERWD isn’t being ignored. I’d venture to say you will discover more dirt and self dealing if you stay on it. Thanks again for what you do

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