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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, June 6, 2012 3A FRC budget holds the line Mona Hill Staff Writer mhill@plumasnews.corn Despite a decrease of ap- proximately $1.6 million per year in state apportionments over the last three years; de- clining property tax revenues and perhaps the most diffi- cult of all: repeated deferrals of state payments going back to then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Feather River College continues to hold the line on its budget. Chief Financial Officer and Directoi" of Business Services Jim Scoubes told the board of trustees during its May meeb ing that the college is likely to end the current fiscal year with a severely diminished fund balance. As of April 30, FRC had received revenues of $7.7 mil- lion compared to $8.4 million at the same time last year. Current fiscal year expenses total $9.8 million compared to .lust over $10 million last year. That leaves $12.6 mil- lion to cover expenses for May and June. In May, FRC received about $2 million -- its share of local property tax revenue. Scoubes said the money arrived just in time to avoid a serious cash crunch. The (:ash flow problem is the re- sult of the annual budgetary smoke and mirrors account- ing at the state level. The California Legislature, responsible for apportion- ments to the state&apos;s communi- ty colleges, four-year univer- sities and state colleges, can be deadlocked for weeks and months on how much money to pay and when during the state's budget process in June. ,<,c. By law, lawmakers must approve a balanced budget by June 30 -- gomething that frequently doesn't happen. Revenue deferrals have be- come a regular feature of the state's budget process. Payments due in July may not appear until late fall, while January revenue can be delayed until the spring. For a small college like FRC, two or three months on a tight budget can be a very long time. If Governor Brown's tax proposals do not pass in No- vember, the college faces real difficulties mid-year in ad- dressing the projected rev- enue shortfall for fiscal year 2012-13. All Scoubes can do at this point is wait and see. Green thumbs want, ,,i Organizers are looking for volunteers to help water the flower baskets now adorning Main Street in downtown Quincy. This is the second year for the hanging basket effort, the brainchild of Alley Cat Cafe owner Julie Hatzell and Emily Webb, of Emily's Garden. The pair organized county agencies, donors and volunteers to support the project. With the help and advice of Gray's Flower Garden, the old-fashioned lampposts brighten the sidewalks with waves of pink, purple and white petunias. To help, contact Hatze|l at 283-0902. Photo by Mona Hill Lake Davis water plant operating with 'no glitches' Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com It's been nearly 15 years since Portola residents drank Lake Davis water, but now it will be flowing from taps once again. The city of Portola began operating the water treat- ment plant over Memorial Day weekend and Lake Davis water is now mingling with well water in its storage tanks. "There were no glitches," said Portola City Manager Leslie Tigan. Tigan said the city chose to start up production over the holiday weekend so that the water operator, Mike Achter, could be on site to ensure that all went well. "He knew that he could be up there and work without interruption from being called away," Tigan said. With the water treatment plant now operational, the city has turned off the wells per its agreement with the when Lake Davis was chemi- cally treated to rid it of pike, Portola residents received water from the lake in the summer, and from the well in winter, when demand was lower. It was originally thought that the lake would be treated and the city would use an alternate source for a month. But that's not what hap- pened. "The state said when tests came back totally clean we would go back on Lake Davis water," Tigan said. "But there was one chemical that hung around." By the time the lake finally tested totally clean, state standards had changed and the treatment plant was deemed by the state to be in "deplorable condition." Wells were dug to provide an alternate source of water while a new treatment plant could be built. It became a federal project and the process took a number of years to complete. The new treatment plant is state. The well water does not now built and approved by meet state standards and was the state, and the City Court- allowed onlY for emergency cil voted unanimously at its use. last meeting to resume its op- Prior to the fall of 1997, eration. To send a legal: typesetUng@plumasnews.com To send an advertisement: mail@plumasnews.com The city will continue to operate the treatment plant through the summer months as it has historically, and then decide how to proceed during the winter, when it turns to a spring as a water source. "We have to find the right balance," Tigan said. II BUS,NES..ov,,o.s II Mark Smith I I CExP, CBI II CA LIC#01525569 ][ Plumas & Lassen C0unties I[ 0nly Licensed & Certified, ]1 Business Broker i ,, 11L0callential II ,.mm0000m I I FREE Business Value C0nsultati0n We need a tagline for KQNY To include you, our loyal listeners, we're having a contest for you to create a tagline as unique and crafty as our beloved station. Submissions due 6/15/12. 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