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Feather River Bulletin SUIT, from page 1A for accounting and auditing of the bond funds. A woman in the audience and Steve Tolen, the hospi- tal's safety officer, main- tained some humor in their exchange. The woman: "Our commu- nity is crumbling. Califor- nia is going bankrupt. Where is the money going to come from? We can't afford a Cadillac." Tolen: "We're in a Hyundai." He went on to explain the hospital has to do a "State- ment of Conditions" in which it has to document what is right or wrong with the hospital and outline cor- rections for the deficiencies. "We're to the point we have no plan of correction with- out a new building. We can't pull off our certification again. We were lucky to last time." An audience member turned the topic to property reassessments and declin- ing values. "No one wants to sign a blank check for the next 30 years. I wouldn't give my own son a blank check. We need to put the brakes on." "We have," said Satter- field, referring to the board's decision last month not to issue a second set of bonds, worth $12.1 million. Supervisor Lori Simpson told the group she was con- cerned because "people who don't normally complain are complaining." As the public comment period continued, a frustrat- ed Fred Than, a board mem- ber, asked petitioner Robert Need help REP If it's ~~ing we can'~ll find somemm~mo can. CONSTRUCTION SINCE 1984 General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 Zernich, "Is there a bank in the sky you're aware of?." "I don't have a magic bank either," retorted a woman from the audience. "You must have money for a helicopter then," said Than. He later apologized for losing his temper. "My pacemaker is working over- time." Satterfield tried to turn the discussion in a more positive direction by men- tioning a USDA loan the dis- trict was pursing. Later in the meeting Nadone said he had filled out a pre-application for the USDA Community Facilities Loan Program. He said he expected a reply letter by mid-February telling him whether the district's hospi- tal project was eligible or not. If eligible, the district would submit a full applica- tion. The process could take four to six months he said. In a later phone interview he explained that he was asking for funds to replace the $12.1 million in bonds that the district decided not to issue this month and the $4-$5 million that the hospi- tal had always planned on financing itself (the gap be- tween what the bonds--both the aborted ones and the $3.2 million already is- sued--would pay for and the $20-$21 million the project is estimated to cost). Nadone said he really had no idea if the district would be eligible, how much mon- ey might be available through the USDA program or what conditions might accompany the low-interest loan. He said current inter- est rates for the program Sweetheart Sale # Feb. ]]th- Feb. 16th , 25% offall Fabric ..~ 1/2 yard or more 10% off Books & Patterns @ " Gift Certificates ~. for their love of quilting! (530) 258-3901 Mon y-Sa r ay ; 10am-Spin Closed Sunday 135-6E Main St. Chester were 4.5 percent. According to the "success stories" posted on the USDA website, the program has helped finance the construc- tion or reconstruction of critical access hospitals in other rural communities. (PDH is a designated critical access hospital.) Guaran- teed loan amounts for some of the projects were as much as $19 million. As the public comment pe- riod wound down, Alexan- der demanded, "Why can't the board just declare a $50 cap (per $100,000 of assessed value) and put it to bed?" Director John Kimmel, a certified public accountant, responded later in the meet- ing. "If we put a cap on the assessment, we can't sell the bonds. Nobody's going to buy them. They're just not marketable." Kimmel also took the op- portunity to respond to crit- ics' charges that the tax as- sessment could double or triple. "Once bonds are is- sued, the only way for the assessment to change is if the assessed value changes. For the rate to double, prop- erty values would have to fall in half. Or we would have to have zero percent growth for 30 years. That would be cataclysmic in it- self." "I guess it's possible," he said. "It's just not probable." Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010 11A REVENUES, from page 1A county general fund balance had dropped by $1.4 million since 2005. The CAO projected that number would drop by an- other $400,000 in the next fis- cal year. The fund balance had been projected around $2.5 million at the beginning of the cur- rent fiscal year but actually came in at about $640,000 less than that. As far as issues on the horizon, Ingstad said the state was considering taking road and transit funds from the counties and cutting health and human services programs to address the bud- get deficit. He also said the county would have to decide whether to backfill the loss of Williamson Act funds from the state. The Williamson Act used to provide state compensa- tion in lieu of property taxes to allow people keeping their land in agricultural or open space to pay less to the coun- ty as an incentive to keep those lands undeveloped. iiiiiiiiii iiiiil i ii i iiii i iiiiiiiii!ill ii iiii i i iiiiiiiiii Tax Collections at Mid-Year 2007 $1,284,04 2008 $ 706,375 2009 $ 333,373 2010 $ 216,062 Last Year Jan uary 110,700 December 176,409 November This Fiscal Year 89,900 81,747 173,100 133,000 460,209 304,647 Mid-Year Last Fiscal Year Mid-Year This Fiscal Year Property Tax 4,450,440 4,359,008 Sales Tax 757,696 593,862 Variance -91,432 -163,834 Hotel Tax 852,443 775,360 -77,083 Check ....... '? 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The Forest Service proposes to: 1) construct approximately 485 acres of fuel breaks known as Defensible Fuel Profile Zones (DFPZs) and; 2) perform associated road system improvement work such as tempo- rary road construction. The project area is located north and south- west of La Porte and southwest and north- east of American House in Plumas County. Communities in the project area include La Porte and American House. The public is encouraged to take part in the environmental analysis process for the St. Louis Project by submitting written or oral comments on the proposal or visiting with Forest Service officials. This project is being advertised as a Healthy Forest Restoration Project (HFRA) which under Section 105(a) of the HFRA replaces the USDA Forest Service's administrative appeals process with an objection process that occurs before the decision approving the authorized fuels reduction projects under the Act is finalized. In February 2003, the Department of the Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations Act was signed and extended the HFQLG Pilot Project legislation by another five years. In December 2007, the 2008 Appropriations Act was signed and extended the HFQLG Pilot Project legislation to September 30, 2012. It also applied some portions of the Healthy Forest Restoration Act (Sections 104-106) to HFQLG projects. These sections relate to environmental analysis, public notice, comment and objection processes, and judicial review. In March 2009, the Omnibus Appropriations Act amended this, clarifying that Section 106 Of the Healthy Forest Restoration Act (related to expedited judicial review) shall apply to all HFQLG pro- jects, while Sections 104 and 105 (related to environmental analysis and objection processes) may be applied to HFQLG pro- jects. Instead of an appeal period, there will be an objection process before the final decision is made and after the environmental document is mailed (reference 36 CFR 218). In order to be eligible to file an objection to the preferred alternative, specific written comments relat- ed to the project must be submitted during sceping or any other periods public comment is specifically requested on this EA (218.5). Individual members of organizations must have submitted their own comments to meet the requirements of eligibility as an individ- ual, objections received on behalf of an orga- nization are considered as those of the orga- nization only. Names and addresses of those who comment and/or file objections will become part of the public record. For more information on how this objection process works and the requirements, contact the Feather River Ranger District office or you may read the regulations under 36 CFR 218 Subpart A on the national Forest Service web site at: http://www.fs.fed.us/emc/applit/36cfr218a.ht m. Comments may be: 1) mailed to the atten- tion of $haren Parker, Feather River Ranger District, 875 Mitchell Avenue, Oroville, CA 95965; 2) hand delivered weekdays between the hours of 8:00am - 4:30pm (PST) at the above address; 3) faxed to (530) 532-1210; or 4) electronically mailed to: comments- pacificsouthwest-plumas @fs.fed.us. Comments submitted electronically must be in Rich Text Format (.rtf) A copy of the proposed action or additional information can be obtained by visiting the Feather River Ranger District at the address above or by contacting Sharen Parker or JoAnna Arroyo, project leaders, at 530-534- 6500. Date of publication: February 10, 2010. Published FRB Feb. 10, 2010