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Bulletin Wednesday, March 28, 2001 3A I I CckBte$ is running out for Unified School Dis- y for $900,000 funding provided by L state legislation. has provided nearly per year since 1998 r small school fund- four of PUSD's for the funding, as a whole exceeds enrollment of Assemblyman Sam authored legislation made PUSD an excep- rule. that legislation is to be discontinued 2001-2002 school year. also had a pro- Which would cause it to receipts ever ex- I $2 million. the school district receive funds from the federal legislation restores timber pay- counties throughout that amount is esti- to be $1.87 million, is just under the $2 mil- So, the school district an effort to retain Editor that fire suppres- fundamental to the and safety of Plumas the board of voted 3-2 to allo- to $300,000 per year to The money will a property tax shift county's general fund fire districts. Don Clark ar- for the property tax during the supervi- 20 meeting. is a need throughout to get all areas and a better level of protec- Clark said. a resolution Would transfer up to of the property as well as seven per- tax increment (in- to the fire districts criteria. qualify for the tax a "district must at- raise additional rev- from the voters or in the affected tax so that there is a lo- 1 toward the ectives..?' must also annex to protect or reorganize that is acceptable bOard of supervisors. drew support for his from Supervisor B.J. on the belief and safety should first," Pearson said. are only so many dol- go around, but there is more important. I am of taking this step for he said, the people districts have to ."come and tax themselves Bill Dennison enthusiastic. He not- when the first tax shift )roved in Chester, it a portion of the tax in- Then, when it was ap- in Beckwourth, the fire got a small percentage Sierra Installation J TUg VIL 9 M-Sat.[ Nelson SL Tayioes le 552 RE: Assembly Bill 1189 - Aanestad On behalf of the Pltunas Unified School District (PUSD), I am writing to ask for your support of AB 1189. This bill re- quests that Necessary Small School funding continue to be granted to eligible schools in our district. The PUSD has unique circumstances that deserve your at- tention. The PUSD operates four schools, which meet all of the strict criteria of small isolated schools with the exception of the enrollment criteria. Enrollment in PUSD is currently just over 3,200 ADA, and the criteria has an enrollment cap of 2,500. As a parent, I implore you to examine the unique circum- stances of the Plumas Unified School District. Our district covers all of Plumas County (which is larger than either Rhode Island or Delaware) yet we have limited course offer- ings and very limited student services( e.g. counselors, nurs- es). Due to distance, mountainous terrain, poor winter weather and road conditions, it is not feasible to close any of the schools in the district. Our students are counting on the passage of AB 1189 in or- der to continue to receive their fair share of educational op- portunity. All we are asking for is equity. There is no other county/district in all of California that operates with the ex- traordinary circumstances outlined in this letter. I appeal to your sense of fairness and equity. Please vote YES on AB 1189. Our kids deserve no less. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, of the tax base. Dennison asked Pearson, "If everybody did it, this is "Are you prepared to pay really getting into the base, $300,000 out of the general and it could be as much as fund?" $300,000 per year," he said. "ff the fire departments corn- County Administrative Offi-ply--yes," Pearson said. "All cer Jim Stretch agreed and things being equal, I'd rather cautioned the board about ap- do this than hire another coun- proving the exchange, ty employee." "This could be very costly Supervisors Clark, Ken Nel- for the general fund," he said. son and Pearson voted in fay.or "I'm very nervous for you, for of the tax exchange. Supervi- the general fund's ability to sors Robert Meacher and Den- keep all these things in the nison voted no. air." Clark said it is highly un- As an example, he used likely that the county will ever Beckwourth. Under its current have to transfer $300,000, be- property tax exchange negoti- cause he doesn't believe every ated with the county, the fire fire district will participate. district receives $7,320 annual- Supervisor Meacher said he ly. Under the new proposal, it believed the exchange was on- could receive $27,000 annually, ly "treating the symptoms, not Despite Stretch's warning, the problem." Pearson made a motion to Meacher said the only real adopt the new tax exchange solution is a "countywide fire policy, district." 3 Frank Skrah, Retired LAPD Supen,~,~' of ~t~ (25 years) "INQUIRE Criminal.. Btm ~ ~tervmws & Smm~r~ts Pr~ s~ & Prope~ Searches~o~ & Ch,~ Cu~ody Pre-,employme~ Deqogat~Y PuOl Fi;ings Business Licenses Che