An area of contention with the three KID Board Members that represent the “majority faction” is the fact they’ve let their attorneys Lawrence Kogan and Nathan Reitmann exhaust the Klamath Irrigation District’s legal budget so quickly.
In an May 21st, 2016 article in the Herald and News – “KID Legal budget nearly exhausted” – Lacey Jarrell reported was nearing its legal budget cap of $70,000 with expenses near $58,000.
A month later, the legal budget would be drained.
According to an June 29th, 2016 article in the Herald and News – “KID legal fees over budget” – the legal fund was already $60,000(!) in the red.
The largest portion of the fees were paid to New York-based attorney Lawrence Kogan, who is billing the district $250 per hour. Employment contracts for Kogan, and for general counsel Nathan Rietmann, were signed Feb. 29. In late May, Kogan submitted to KID two invoices totaling $58,586.
By June 27th, the the Klamath Irrigation District had already burned through its $70,000 budget and was nearing $122,000. As of this writing, Mr. Kogan has yet to send KID his second bill for services rendering, including what patrons see as inflammatory editorials in several papers in the region.