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6A Wednesday, June 17, 2015 Feather River Bulletin Supervisors turn their attention to 2015-16 budget Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com The Plumas County Board of Supervisors welcomed some young visitors to its June 9 meeting -- a roomful of Helen Lemnah's fourth-graders from Quincy Elementary School. After a brief history lesson by Supervisor Lori Simpson, the students led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance and then settled in to watch the first 20 minutes of the board meeting. The meeting, which featured a morning and afternoon session, covered a host of topics including a fn'st look at the 2015-16 county budget. "Is it good news or bad news?" Supervisor Terry Swofford asked Susan Scarlett, the county's budget consultant. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ROUNDUP "It's kind of iffy news," Scarlett responded. , Scarlett reviewed preliminary revenue and expenditure figures for the county and its individual departments. Several department heads have requests that represent increases from the last fiscal year. Even without those requests there is a projected budget shortfall of $2.4 million. The board was expected to pass a preliminary budget during yesterday's June 16 meeting, but will refme it and pass a final budget later this summer. The board also planned to discuss the position of county administrative officer, which was not included in the budget presented June 9. Extra help The supervisors approved a $60,000 contract with f'mancial consultant Craig Goodman to assist Auditor Roberta Allen in closing out the 2014-15 fiscal year and other related services. The supervisors hired Allen from the private sector three years ago and have enlisted Goodman's services as she learns governmental processes. Allen said that she ,'has been on a steep learning curve," and that Goodman is a "very good source of government accounting and expertise." "Do you feel this will be the last year that you need him?" asked Supervisor Lori Simpson, and recalled that Goodman had told the board that it would take about three years for Allen "to get up to speed." Lovers' lane could be closed Some Sierra Valley residents have asked the county to abandon County Road 117A, also known as Sierra Valley McNella Lane, because it has become a "nuisance to the landowners." Complaints included vehicles parking at all hours of the day and night, garbage dumping, stolen livestock, vandalism, shooting and bonfn'es. The unpaved road is 3.23 miles long with one residence requiring it for access. The landowners would provide a locked gate that could be accessed by key code. A public hearing is scheduled on the matter for July 7 at 10:15 a.m. in the Board of SuperVisors room. Van finds new life The 1996 Chevy Astro van has been vandalized and inhabited by rodents and it no longer runs, but its useful days are not over. It will be part of the Quincy Fire Department's 16-hour vehicle extrication course offered to emergency responders throughout the County. Facilities Director Dony Sawchuk received authorization from the board to donate it to Quincy Fire, which not only aids the department, but saves the county the cost of disposing of the vehicle. One more year The county renewed its lease with Plnmas Unified School District for the use of the former probation department building in East Quincy through the end of June 2016. The district moved its administrative offices to the facility from its historical building on Main Street following problems with that aged structure. For the Funk of It The board approved an application for another music festival in Belden Town: "For the Funk of It" will be held Aug. 14 - 16. The event is expected to draw 800, including participants, performers and staff. JAIL, from page 1A the county had unused land available. Quincy attorney Pete Hentschel, representing the High Sierra Music Festival, said that his client "is opposed to any changes in that area." The proposed site is prime camping area for the fair attendees because it is dotted with trees. "The isSue of shaded camping is extremely important," he said. Two former grand jury members spoke to the importance of building a new jail, which has been addressed in every grand jury report for several years. Supervisor Sherrie Thrall, who has been working with the sheriff to find a location, listed potential sites that had fallen apart for various reasons. One of the most promising sites, a location adjacent to the current jail, was found to be in a floodplain. "A facility that houses numerous guests will probably never be able to be located in a floodplain," she said. Thrall said that the board had to decide whether to go for this grant or "do we want to delay and wait for another funding cycle." Glass had explained that having a site that had undergone the California Environmental Quality Act process would weigh in the county's favor with the state grant. The fact that CEQA is in process and the county already owns the land is of benefit Thrall said. As for the relocation of the ball fields, she said that's a separate decision. "I understand what Pete says about High Sierra," Thrall said, but added that she had a difficult time with a four-day event setting long-term policy. In a subsequent interview, Thrall questioned the economic benefits that are often touted surrounding the event, noting that most of the people camp for the entirety of the event and bring their own provisions. While local merchants have often spoken about the financial boon the festival represents, other entities benefit as well. During interviews last week, Fairgrounds Manager John Steffanic said that High Sierra pays $75,000 for the use of the fairgrounds and pays another $15,000 to reimburse costs. He doesn't know how that funding could be replaced. Jim Boland, the director of the Plumas Recreation and Park District, said that revenue from the four-day festival represents one-third of his annual budget. "It keeps the pool open for the summer," he said. Simpson said she wasn't trying to stop anything, but she wanted time to work with everyone involved. However, the other supervisors wanted to take action. "We have to approve this today and move forward," said Supervisor Terry Swofford. Supervisor Kevin Goss asked if the decision could be delayed until Simpson had a chance to hold more meetings. Planning Director Randy Wilson said the application for a special use permit would result in a public hearing. "I know my people; I know there will be an uproar," Simpson said. Swofford reiterated his motion, which was seconded by Thrall. Supervisors Swofford, Goss, Thrall and Jeff Engel voted yes, with Simpson abstaining. Following the June 9 meeting, Simpson and Engel (who also represents a portion of East Quincy), met with property owners who objected to the proposed jail location in their neighborhood. Simpson said that she expected a large turnout during the public comment portion of the board's June 16 meeting. NOTICE OF PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY'S REQUEST TO CHANGE RATES FOR ELECTRICITY PRODUCTION IN 2016 AND THE RETURN OF REVENUES FROM THE SALE OF GREENHOUSE GAS ALLOWANCES (A.15-06-001) Summary On June 1,2015, Pacific Gasand BPQ&E) Company filed an application with the Califomia Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) requesting approval for the recasted funding required in 2016 to obtain electricity on behalf of its customers. In addition, PG&E also requests approval of forecasted revenues from the sale of emissions allowances associated with California's Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction program. This application is referred to as the 2016 Energy Resource Recovery Account and Generation Non-bypassable Charges Forecast and Greenhouse Gas Forecast Revenue and Reconciliation (Application 15-06-001). If approved, this application will change electrical rates and customers' electric bills effective January 2016. PG&E's application primarily includes requests for approval of: 1. The forecasted recovery of $4.77 billion in electricity costs. These costs are associated with the fuel needed to produce electricity as well as the costs of buying electricity from third parties, such as renewable energy producers 2. The forecast spending of $0.8 million for administrative and outreach expenses associated with Califomia's GHG reduction program 3. The return of $311 million to eligible customers from the sale of emissions allowances The use of all funds collected and the exact amounts of returned revenues from the GHG program may change and are subject to CPUC regulatory approval. About the filing The CPUC regulates and oversees all requests for any rate changes. PG&E would not profit from any of the requests in this application. The cost of energy is passed directly to PG&E's customers without any markup. If the CPUC approves the application, PG&E will begin to recover its costs in electric rates, effective January 1,2016. At the same time, PG&E will apply eligible GHG allowance revenue to rates because PG&E is required to pass the revenue received from the sale of allowances on to its customers. This is done through rates and with California Climate Credits. The revenue will be returned to PG&E's residential, small business customers and some industrial customers, based on legislative and CPUC determined methods. The GHG allowance revenue bill credits reduce the electric rate impacts of the GHG costs. At the end of 2016, to ensure all funds are used on the customers' behalf, PG&E will compare the actual costs to produce and purchase energy against revenues collected from customers and will incorporate any differences in next year's application. How will PG&E's application affect me? PG&E's request would result in a rate decrease for most customers. Altogether, PG&E proposes to reduce revenues collected from bundled service customers, those who receive electrical production, as weft as transmission and distribution service from PG&E, by $322 million. A table presenting a more illustrative description of the impact of this application was included in a bill insert announcing this filing that was sent directly to customers in the June 2015 billing cycle. PG&E estimates that a typical residential customer using 500 kWh per month would see no change In the average bill of $89.30. Individual customers' bill will differ. Eligible residential customer will receive a California Climate Credit twice a year in April and October on their electricity bills of approximately $20.94 How will PP.,E's application affect non-bundled customers? Direct Access (DA) and Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) customers only receive electric transmission and distribution service from PG&E. Since PG&E does not obtain energy for these customers, PG&E's application addresses the cost responsibility of DA customers and CCA customers that purchase electricity from another provider but transport it through PG&E's electrical system. Eligible DA and CCA customers will receive GHG revenues. The net impact of PG&E's application on DA and CCA customers is $63 million, or an average increase of 6.9 percent. Another category of non-bundled customers is Departing Load (DL) customers. These customers do not receive electric generation, transmission or distribution services from PG&E for their departing load. However, like DA and CCA customers, they are required to pay certain non-bypassable charges as required by law or Commission decision. The net Impact on DL customers is -$0.4 million, or an average decrease of 1.4 percent. How do I find out more about PG&E's proposals? If you have questions about PG&E's application, please contact PG&E at 1-800-743-5000. For TDD/I-FY (speech-hearing impaired), call 1-800-652-4712. Para ms detalles flame al 1-800-660-6789 - l 1t jlit ][ 111: 1-800-893-6555. If you would like a copy of PG&E's filing and exhibits, please write to PG&E at the address below: Pacific Gas and Electric Company 2016 ERRA & GHG P.O. Box 7442 San Francisco, CA 94120 A copy of PG&E's filing and exhibits are also available for review at the CPUC, 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-noon. PG&E's application (without exhibits) is available on the CPUC's webeite at www.cpoc.ca.gov/puc. CPUC process This application will be assigned to an Administrative Law Judge (Judge) who will determine how to receive evidence and other related documents, necessary for the CPUC to establish a record upon which to base its decision. Evidentiary hearings may be held where parties of record will present their testimony and may be subject to cross-examination by other parties. These evidentiary hearings are open to the public, but only those who are parties of record can participate. After considering all proposals and evidence presented during the formal hearing process, the assigned Judge will issue a proposed decision which may adopt PG&E's proposal, modify it or deny it.Any CPUC Commissioner may sponsor an alternate decision. The proposed decision, and any alternate decisions, will be discussed and voted upon at a scheduled CPUC Voting Meeting. As a party of record, the Office of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA) will review this application. ORA is the independent consumer advocate within the CPUC with a legislative mandate to represent investor-owned utility customers to obtain the lowest possible rate for service consistent with reliable and safe service levels. ORA has a multi-disciplinary staff with expertise in economics, finance, accounting and engineering. Other parties of record will also participate inthe CPUC's proceeding to consider this application. For more information about ORA, please call 1-415-703-1584, email ora@cpuc.ca.gov or visit ORA's website at http:l/ora.ca.gov/default.sspx. Stay informed 'if you would like to follow this proceeding, or any other issue before the CPUC, you may use the CPUC's free subscription service. Sign up at: http://subscribecpuc.cpuc.ca.gov/. If you would like to learn how you can participate in the proceeding, or if you have informal comments about the application, or questions about the CPUC processes, you may access the CPUC's Public Advisor Office (PAO) webpage at www.cpuc.ca.gov/puc and click on "Public Advisor" from the CPUC Information Menu. You may also contact the PAO as follows: Emall: publtc.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov Mall: Public Advisor's Office 505 Van Ness Avenue, Room 2103 San Francisco, CA 94102 Call: 1-866-849-8390 (toll-free) or 1-415-703-2074 TrY t-866-836-7825 (toll-free) or 1-415-703-5282 If you ae writing or emailing the Public Advisor's Office, please include the proceeding number (ERRA & GHG, A.15-06-001). All comments will be circulated to the Commissioners, the assigned Judge and appmpriats CPUC staff, and will become public record. AROUND Q, from page 1A locals. Featuring Mitch Polzak and the Royal Deuces at 10 p.m. For information: 283-9788. Saturday: Masonic pancake breakfast, 7 - 10:30 a.m., Masonic Hall at 70 Harbison Ave. across from library. Menu: scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice, coffee, hot chocolate, all-you-can-eat pancakes. Donations at the door $6 adults, $3 children under 12, $5 students with ID. Proceeds support scholarship fund, other fraternal purposes. 17th annual Plumas County Relay for Life, 10 a.m.- 10 p.m., Plumas County courthouse. Funds raised benefit American Cancer Society. Ceremonies, free entertainment, ongoing activities, Luminaria starting 8 p.m. To register a team: relayforlife.orglplumascount yca. For information: Sheila Vargas, 927-7331; Nancy Clark, 836-2586. Sunday: Father's Day Fly-In, 8 - 1 1 a.m., Gansner Airfield. Includes Quincy Volunteer Fire Department pancake breakfast, car show. Concour D'Lemon, starts 9 a.m., old Willits Motors property. Show off junky classic cars, discuss, trade, barter, sell, view. Includes prizes, trophies. Entrance fee $5. Quincy Elks offer barbecue, libations. Held in conjunction with Father's Day Fly-In. For information: Claudia or Marvin Vickers, 283-3551. Monday: Rattlesnake aversion training for dogs, Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds. $75 per Driveway Slurry Sealing Hot Melted Crack Filling Small Patch Work i Free Estimate Beck Seal Coating (530) 532.1470 Serving Plumas County since 1993 Lewis P. Beck Jr. * Lic. #669409 dog. For appointment ' (required): Karen, 616-1315. Next week: "Bible Blast to the Past" Vacation Bible School, Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - noon, Community United Methodist Church. Methodist, Lutheran churches welcome children 4 - 12 to free program including crafts, games, science, stories, more celebrating God's love. For preregistration: Methodist church, 283-1740; Our Savior Lutheran Church, 283-2546. "Living Water I1" Vacation Bible School, Monday- Friday 3 - 5:15 p.m., Seventh-day Adventist Church on 2333 Pine St. Children 5 - 15 invited to participate with Bible stories, songs, games, snacks, crafts, bread-baking, tie-dying, more. Free. Registration 2:30 - 3 p.m. June 22. Ends with program presented for friends and family 5:15 - 6 p.m. June 26, followed by dinner. For information: Nina, 283-1512; Helene, 283-2727. Tuesday: Margaret Glaspy in concert, 7:30 p.m., West End Theatre. Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door, available at Carey Candy Co., Epilog Books, westendtheatre.us. All offers require 24-month commitment and credit qualification. Satscan Electronics PO Box 209, Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-3800 Brings It Down To Earth AUTHORIZED RETAILER klpoltest TeSlm and Co.(libelS: PesnlOttol 0ff. Require acttJon of new qualdying DISH eses./i prices, toes, charges, packages, programming, features, funOOelity and offers subject to change wllbeut notice. 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