The Placer County Grand Jury is an investigatory body with the authority to act as a watchdog on local government, investigate citizen complaints, and assist in criminal matters at the request of the district attorney. Grand jurors are sworn to secrecy and, other than final reports, their work is kept strictly confidential. The current Grand Jury was impaneled on July 1, 2018 and has worked for the past 12 months investigating government operations of the county plus special districts and cities within the county. Today’s release of the 2018-2019 Placer County Grand Jury Report “City of Lincoln Water Connection Fund” is the culmination of a year’s work by 19 dedicated Placer County citizens. The grand jury found that the City of Lincoln has levied and modified water connection fees in an improper manner. This resulted in a surplus of funds that exceed the city’s needs for decades. The grand jury recommended Lincoln return fees collected inappropriately and restructure loans made from the Water Connection Fund (WFC) to comply with state regulations or return the funds to the WFC. The city council should also develop improved oversight of management within the city.