The V.I. Water and Power Authority Harley Power Plant on St. Thomas.

There have been at times abuses of power in the semi-autonomous branches of our government, including the Water and Power Authority, with a failure to follow basic accounting protocols and proper fiduciary oversight. The result is no accountability, mismanagement of assets, no-bid contracts, questionable spending, inflated construction costs, etc.

The perfect illustration of this is the 2013 much-hyped and advertised anticipated rate relief of 30% for the propane conversion. The project spiraled from an initial reported budget of $90 million to a year-to-date spend exceeding $200 million.