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2A Wednesday, June 18, 2014 Feather River Bulletin Supervisors surprised by projected $3.3 million shortfall Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com Two topics dominated the Board of Supervisors' June 6 meeting: the 2014-15 budget and Belden music festivals. Department heads and elected officials filled the boardroom as the county's budget consultant, Susan Scarlett, reviewed preliminary numbers for the next fiscal year. Based on anticipated revenues and expenditures, the county is looking at a $3.3 million budget shortfall. That compares to a $1.7 million shortfall that the supervisors faced a year ago. "I was really surprised," said Supervisor Sherrie Thrall during an interview the following day. "I was expecting it to be closer to what it was last year." When faced with the $1.7 million shortfall last year, the supervisors reviewed the budgets line by line, made cuts wherever possible and BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ROUNDUP implemented furloughs. The supervisors will study the budgets again. "We asked the departments to submit status quo budgets and some of them were off," Thrall said. "I think some had misunderstandings." Scarlett presented mostly status quo budgets supplied by the departments, but many also submitted alternative spending plans that contain additional expenditures for more staff. • "None of the scenarios include the additional personnel requested," Scarlett told the supervisors. And that's what concerns Thrall the most. "I know many departments truly need help," she said, but doesn't know how that will be possible. "I think it's going to be pretty grim," she said of the overall budget. The budget shortfall is due to both a drop in revenue and an increase in expenditures. Thrall wants to review sales tax revenues and ensure that the county is collecting sales tax captured by Internet purchases. "Are we getting that sales tax back?" she asked. Those questions and more will be answered in the coming weeks as the supervisors meet with department heads in preparation for this summer's budget hearings. Music fests During their June 3 meeting, the supervisors delayed approving a permit for the Priceless music festival scheduled for the July 4 holiday weekend in Belden after representatives of Plumas District Hospital expressed concerns about being able to respond to emergencies there and elsewhere. A festival earlier this year resulted in five ambulance runs, with only two transports. The possibility of a repeat performance on the busy holiday weekend worried the emergency responders as well as county leaders. The supervisors addressed the issue again June 10 and this time festival organizers were present to assure the board that they would provide licensed EMTs on site and were working to contract with a private ambulance service. The June 10 discussion came just two days after another music festival, Raindance, caused Sheriff Greg Hagwood to speak out. "Medical is a big issue, but it's not the only issue," he said. He then described the behavior that his deputies were subjected to when they visited the site. "There were groups of people running in front of my officer, dropping acid, taunting him," he said. "I have lost confidence in the ability of the management" at Belden and questioned their seriousness about overseeing events. Richie Folen, who represented Belden at the meeting, said he understood the sheriffs concerns and that he shut down the ticket booth when the maximum attendance was exceeded, violating the fire code. "That event may never come back," Hagwood said of Raindance. Supervisor Thrall suggested that the names of events and their promoters be logged, so that when there was a bad experience, neither would be allowed to return. But Thrall didn't favor penalizing all festivals because of the bad behavior of some. The Priceless promoters said that during the past eight years, there have not been issues with their music festival. Belden's security consultant said that this would be the fifth time he would be working with Priceless and • described the promoters as "educated and well organized." ' ., "It sounds like they've got -, their act together," ,- Supervisor Terry Swofford said. The supervisors approved " the permit, contingent upon . receiving more detailed medical coverage information. The board also asked that a, new county ordinance be drafted so that permits are , considered well in advance o their event dates. The current ordinance requires a maximum of 60 days and a minimum of 30 days before the event, which .: doesn't leave enough time for.: the county or the promoters to react to potential problems, because tickets are sold well. in advance. The supervisors are scheduled July 1 to hear requests for two more music J festivals to be held in Belden: Public invited to robotic telestroke event The public is invRed to meet their new. community stroke robot during the ' Plumas District Hospital telestroke program go-live kick-off reception Monday, June 23, at 6 p.m., located on the grassy area at PDH. The new advanced telestroke videoconferencing robot will allow Northern Nevada Medical Center neurologists to be "in the room" with PDH doctors, where they will help evaluate patients who have had a stroke. Within moments of a request for a medical consultation, an NNMC specialist can activate the robot to assess the patient as though he or she wore in the same room. The neurologist can view vital signs and charts, perform a full examination, and interact and converse with the patient, family members and medical care providers. Refreshments for the reception will be provided by Kelly Tan from Young's Market in Taylorsville. O PIONEER SWIMMING POOL NO W OPEN! • Swim Lesson Scholarships • Pool Available for Private Parties • Weekday Family Swim - 5-7pm • Weekday Lap Swim - 12-1pm - M,W,F Library invites kids to 'Paws to Read' The Plumas County Library is offering a free Summer Reading Club for kids ages 5 to 12, at the Quincy, Portola, Chester and Greenville libraries. The theme this summer is Paws to Read, and the weekly programs will relate to both reading and animals. Activities will include stories, crafts and games, as well as special visitors from the community who work with animals. Volunteers from Friends of Plumas County Animals, High Sierra Animal Rescue, therapy animals and 'Search and Rescue dogs are some of the guests children will get to meet and learn more about. In addition to the weekly programs, children can track the books they read during the summer with a free reading log by signing up in the library children's room. Attendance at the programs is not necessary to track reading and earn stickers, books and other prizes. The Quincy library is also collecting donations to help shelter animals as part of the California Library Association's Paws to Read, Paws to Give program. Clean, soft fabric items, such as fleece sweatshirts, T-shirts, blankets, etc., can be brought to the Quincy library during open hours and will be accepted on or before July 22. Donations of pet food, treats, toys, collars, leashes, etc., will also be accepted. At the July 22 Summer Reading program, kids will use the materials to make toys and no-sew pet beds for shelter animals. "Taking part in the Summer Reading Program can help prevent summer learning loss," said Dora Mitchell, county youth services librarian. "We read a lot of great books aloud during the programs, and that helps kids see reading as fun. The more they view reading as an activity that's enjoyable, the more likely they are to pick up books on their own." National research from Dominican University finds that students who participate in public library summer reading programs score higher bn reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school " year than those who do not  participate. Studies also indicate students who read : recreationally outperform those who do not. "We're also excited about the program this year because we're offering events at all four library branches again," Mitchell continued. "Due to staff cuts, we had years recently where the Quincy and Greenville branches ' weren't able to offer programs at all, and none of the branches are able to do as many weeks of summer programming as we used to. But our branch managers do such great work planning their programs on a sh0estring budget that we're ' still able to serve numerous children and families countywide." The Summer Reading Club at the Qhfn,'|ibrary Wilt ..... meet Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m., starting June 24 and continuing July 8 through 29. 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