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6A Wednesday, May 26, 2010 Feather River Bulletin CUTS, from page 1A "These organizations are very valuable and effective contributors to planning and promoting economic devel- opment in Plumas County." The report indicated there was no formal accountabili- ty mechanism in place for the funding given to Plumas Corporation, which the re- port identified as the um- brella organization for the visitor&apos;s bureau as well. The report indicated Plumas Corporation re- ceives $230,000 per year to fund economic development. Later in the report that num- ber.was broken down into $28,500 for Plumas Corpora- tion and $208,990 for the visi- tor's bureau, indicating that the argument that Plumas Corporation gets funds with no accountability Was in- tended to include the visi- tor's bureau as well. Conversely, in a descrip- tion of the visitor's bureau later in the report, the Grand Jury wrote, "Their annual report and strategic marketing plan, available on their website, give a compre- hensive view of What they do." The Grand Jury also re- ported that the county has no contract with Plumas Corporation. ..... iii .... i:< ' <+....\< : ....  iiii!iiii i': iiijjiT, i I" ........x SIERRA PACIFIC INDUSTRIES PLUMAS BANK "l_xca/ People Serving l_x)cal Needs" 283-6800 ALL AMERICAN MINI STORAGE t 69 Lawrence St.. Quincy 283-1600 QUINCY MINI STORAGE 1972 Lee Rd.. (behind SavMor) Quincy 283-3515 z ili nli .a It Z..V,. B U:L:LETIN 283-0800 In his response, Sheehan said there was an automati- cally renewing contract that was part of the county bud- get process each year, which calls for "annual work scopes and funding allot- ments." While addressing Plumas Corporation, the Grand Jury argued, "a formal contract should include, a detailed scope of work and bench- marks for success which can be validated." The sections of the report focusing on the chambers of commerce did not make note of whether or not any bench- marks, contracts or account- ability measures were in place to ensure the county's money was being spent wise- ly. The section on the cham- bers merely explained "The Chambers' events bring out- of-towners into the county, thus increasing the levels of hotel and sales tax revenues and generating profits for lo- cal businesses. "Their focus on support- ing local businesses and pro- moting tourism contributes to the overall economic health of the county." "The businesses they sup- port create and sustain local jobs and are an important component of economic de- velopment ." The section on the visitor's bureau indicated "the staff promotes tourism by mar- keting Plumas County's tourist events, recreational opportunities and natural resources all over the coun- try through electronic and print advertising." The Grand Jury did not elaborate on whether that type of thing would help lo- cal business or raise tran- sient occupancy and sales tax revenues for the county. The meeting At the meeting of econom- ic development agency rep- resentatives, a majority of the attendees made com- ments at various times that they either did not agree with the basic premise of taking funds from. the Plumas County Fair- grounds, Plumas Corpora- tion, Plumas Arts and the visitor's bureau or that they did not think they were be- ing given enough time to dis- cuss the issues adequately. Steffanic told attendees the county's goal was to cre- ate a mechanism that would garner as much sales tax and TOT revenue in the short run as possible. Sheehan disagreed with that premise, arguing no one was talking about what was being givenmp in that kind of a plan. He argued that long-term Paid Political Advertisement Bring integrity back to Sacramento Donate. Volunteer. Organize. www.ChristinaBilleciF0rAssembly.c0m 530.315.4464 'i2filifOr00a state Assembly00OiO" FPPc #00300o388 Paid for by the Committee to Elect Christina Billeei to the California State Assert{bly District 3 - 2010 $.% ":k < :!! :f::i: ji: ....... :::it :::f: According to the United State Department of Veterans Affairs (the VA), Memorial Day historically signified the day that U.S. individuals recognized those who fought, and more importantly, those who died in the Civil War. Although it began as a tribute only to those who fought in the Civil War, it is now considered a day of observance to recognize soldiers who have fought in all U.S. wars. 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Several representatives of local chambers quickly spoke up to say they didn't agree with that synopsis at all, explaining their job was not only to create new jobs and businesses but to fight for the interests of those al- ready here, including non- tourism based industries. Throughout the meeting, a majority of attendees made comments at various times about not wanting to sacri- fice long-term sustainability for short-term gains. Almost everyone present also seemed to agree the agencies should learn to work together better, rather than changing the entire system of funding. Plumas Arts director Rex- anne Valladao argued the new approach seemed to ac- tually impede accountability in some ways. "If we're getting half of the funding, what are we getting half of the funding for? Just simply to exist?" She said every year when she asks for money from the county, it is to put out the county arts calendar. She went on to ask, if she was getting half the funding, "Are they assuming I'm do- ing the calendar or is the calendar value-added and I'm getting this because I have an office?" Another attendee said it seemed like this new system was trying to turn a diverse group of entities with differ- ent functions into all the same thing, small organiza- tions that pump out events. He added, "This is like fo- cusing so totally on short term that we throw away years and years of commit- ment to things that are Last year's county contributions: Plumas Arts: $30,000 Visitors Bureau'. $208,990 Plumas Corporation: $28,500 Fairgrounds: $90,000 Four chambers of com- merce: $28,156 each " Proposed for this Year: Plumas Arts: $15,000 Visitors Bureau: $104,495 Plumas Corporation: $14,250 Fairgrounds: $45,000 Four chambers of commerce: $28,156 each Grant Pool: $175,000 about the finding and hold- ing uniqueness of our areas." Valladao said she hoped "that we don't use this grant thing to pad our salaries or pad our budgets." She said the point should be that "we all feel like we're on equal footing for equal value." She continued, "I know a lot about events. Events are not the answer to every- thing. You have enough events and they start canni- balizing each other and no- body cares." Steffanic chuckled, "I dis- agree with that, but we"e talked about that before." "Yeah, we will continue to disagree about that," Val- ladao responded. Sheehan said it seemed unfair to take money from four entities and offer that money to everyone. Steffanic retorted that Plumas Corporation would be able to apply for these grants like anyone else. Another attendee dis- agreed with this, saying the problem was that Plumas Corporation and the visi- tor's bureau had employees, while other groups had volunteers, so if you cut funds from those two groups you would have to ask, "do they have enough money to run in the meantime to even go for your application?" Sheehan agreed, saying they seemed to be talking about a proposed system that "does not have any glimmer of sustainability, that does not have any glim- mer of investing in humans to get their capabilities up to the point where they're act- ing in a professional manner in a daily basis, carrying out a program of work that's very complex." Valladao said what also made this difficult was that the visitor's bureau didn't have any other funding source aside from the coun- ty's general fund. "A lot of us could survive on what cuts we're going to take. With the visitor's bu- reau, it shuts it down. "Is that an unfair mecha- nism that was set up in the beginning? Is that too big a piece of the pie that goes over there? "It's difficult to sit in the room and all of us look at each other and talk to each other when we know certain people's jobs are on the line no matter what we really think." Near the end of the meet- ing, Sheehan said he didn't see how Ingstad's new plan was related to the Grand Ju- ry report. He explained, correctly, that the Grand Jury report said that overall everyone involved with economic de- velopment did a good job ex- cept for the county: It called for the county to create more accountability for its funds, to increase the amount of funds spent on economic development and to hire an economic develop- ment coordinator. By the end of the meeting, See Cuts, page 7A : FREE Household v Hazardous Waste :,' Collectmn Event II Saturday, lune 5 .9am - 2pm : Qu,ncy Transfer Site household hazardous waste, contact: : Feather River Disposal, Inc. : l !! 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