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2A Wednesday, May 2, 2012 Feather River Bulletin FORUM: Economic development, budget dominate questions From page 1A Is a county Ct,O neeessaw? If so, why? GOSSETT: If it were put up [ believe we need to audit to a poll of the )eople, they the TOT to see ff we are would say, no, ,e don't need actually receiving all the a CAD. money that is there. But when yoIL talk to people, :: ::! L:: The other issue that is maybe more on the inside (of vital is the expansion of the county goverrm rant), I'm lean- hospital. The hospital is vital ing toward, yes some type of to the region, position is need ed there-- a We need to figure out how budget officer o: a CAD. to come up with the money If you read tte California and funding to expand that budget guide, mentions the and attract new doctors. It's a administrativ, officer or the vital part of this community, auditor shall r ake these SIMPSON: The hospital decisions.  ,0.,,,.,o. has its own governing board. So there is a eed for a CAD It's a special district. The in my opinion. It's how we Board of Supervisors has no used the CAD t: 1at bothered authority over it. the community They want to The first issue that came know who's in, ;harge. Is it :: up when I took office was the the Board of Su )ervisors or (county's) general plan. the CA0? We had the most amended SIMPSON: I', e worked for general plan in the state of the county for 8 years. I've California. And we were been through al the CADs. I getting sued left and right, worked personally with Jack When I got in office I Ingstad. wanted to stop all lawsuits, I'm not sure if we need a so I got to work. Updating CAD, because I'm more of a the general plan has been in hands-on person. You can ask the process for the last two any department head in this years. And it will be done in county about my communica- Norberta Schmidt, far left, representing the League of Women Voters, introduces the District 4 Supervisor candidates before a August. I'm proud of that tion with them. They talk to public forum at the Quincy library Thursday, April 26. Candidates, from left, James Huffmon, Supervisor Lori Simpson and Barry accomplishment. I worked me freely. Gossett answered about a dozen questions from audience members during the one-hour forum. Photo by Dan McDonald with all the supervisors on We (supervisors) are at a that. stage where we are asking Public safety is very impor- our department heads about If we go back to a CAD, I can go out of business. But it's easy to sit back on to have to take more cuts. taut. We've had AB 109 how they feel about a CAD. think that we need to put a I realize at the public level the outside and say what The general fund is where thrown on us. The (formerly It's a very high,profile, tough mechanism in place that things are a little bit different, needs to be cut. The important the revenues are down. You state prison) inmates are position, would prevent any one But I think that there are some thing is that you negotiate it have to negotiate with the coming back to the county. Right now I v'ould like to person from having that sectors and departments that right and fair so the cuts are labor unions; you can't just So I'm working with the try it for a wh  without a much control -- especially we can look at in similar equal and fair to everyone do what you want. It's a hard sheriff. He needs a new jail. CAD and save  coney, over the communication, ways to see i we are provid- concerned. And they make process. And we are probably I'm going to try to find a new HUFFMON: I have reached ing the services that people sense to everybody, going to go to four nine-hour jail with him, and find the out to the coum y department Assuming county revenues want and need. SIMPSON: Since I've been days in the next round. money to do it. heads. It became apparent are down significantly And if we are not, can we in office it has been cut, cut, HUFFMON (rebuttal): I Restoring the alcohol and very quickly th t there was a again next fiscal year, change and adapt to do that, . cut, cut, cut, all the way know where we can find some drug department is impor- communicatior breakdown what areas of the budget or do those services need to down. money. We have general fund taut. between the de] Dartment would you look to cut go away or be diminished? This has been the worst employees and we have grant When I was the chair, I heads and the 1: oard of first? We just need to go in and time in the history of Plumas (funded) employees. put that back on the table Supervisors. HUFFMON: As business analyze every part and see if County to be a supervisor. And out of"fairness," even because I knew it had to What I found out was this owners, we have to justify we can make those cuts, if I've had to make the tough the grant employees -- who be done. I listened to the barrier to com mnications our existence every day. that's what needs to be done. decisions, were fully funded -- have community. And I'm going to was coming dir ctly from the If we are not providing a GOSSETT: Naturally I I was an employee negotia- taken cuts. And we've sent get that done. CAD. service or a product that would like to try to find tor, I wanted benefits. I that money back, because it's The judge, the sheriff, the I believe that some of the people are willing to spend money wherever we could wanted to keep the health not fair to the general fund district attorney.., we are all supervisors km w about money on, we have two find it and avoid cuts. insurance, employees. working on it and it is going these barriers communica- choices: We can either But I know the health And now I've had to cut But those non-general fund to happen, tion. change and adapt, or we insurance program, it's everybody's benefits because employees (who were grant possible to make some we had to do it. There's no funded), if they hadn't taken savings there, if we could get revenues, cuts, that money would still the employees unions to We out the county lobbyist, be in the community, and the American Valley Hardware ggrectoR. They kind of have Supervisors all had commu- private businesses would be Cadillac health insurance, nity funds. We cut those out. doing a little better. Plumas Pines Shopping Center It could be debated whether We've been cutting and eutting SIMPSON (rebuttal): We we could save some money and cutting. We just cut our have about 300 employees. 30 East Main by avoiding paying for the own benefits this last time. Some are grant funded, some treet t i, ; i,u,,ncy highest level of health care My philos0phy is, Ilivein aregeneralfund. Soyouhave 530-283-3088 insurance that is offered this county and I want to to do the whole body when through the union on the keep everything open. I want you are negotiating with county employees, to keep the libraries open, these employees. bwould like to make cuts the museum open, the fair- You can't just cut some and across the board. If depart- grounds open. don't cut the others. And BUY ON merit heads have to take a Because we don't have that's a fact. cut, I would feel like, as a much. And these things are BI Ol GI Ol supervisor, I would have to important to our lifestyle. Because of low county AT REGULAR PRICE take a cut. We are probably all going revenues and things getting worse, would you N SAtE argue to raise taxes? SIMPSON: We are in a : ! downturn, but I believe we .i Come meet the See Forum, page 3A ,  California State President, PD POLITIC ADRTISEMENT #3 - , Bob McFarland "The Board of Supervisors needs to take a leadership . at a special dinner role in defining and and meeting implementing an Economic Thursday, May 3 7pm OevelopmentStrategy." Feather River Grange Hall (530) 283-3277 55 Main St.. Quincy 530-927-9334 me FOR BYTHE COMMffTEET0 ELECT HUFFMON FOR SUPERVISOR 2012 Need help REPLACING This is a or REPAIRING: DOORS TRIM WINDOWS with pa PLUMBING In one. ROOFING " -- Summer shares of ELECTRICAL l |GROWN| J FRESH PRODUCE GRASS-FED BEEF If it's something we -- HANDSPUN YARN can't fix, we'll find Reserve yours t;oday! 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