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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, June 23, 2010 11A Ballot arguments filed for PDH tax measure Delaine Fragnoli Managing Editor dfragnoli@plu Plumas County Clerk- Recorder Kathy Williams advised voters to vote early. Summer vacations and activities make it easy to forget to mail back a ballot. She pointed out that for the June B election, 300 people dropped their mail ballots at polling places. Those bal- lots, which could have been counted earlier, had to be counted that night, which slowed the results. Williams said her office was expecting a high rate of return for the Measure B election, because of its controversial nature and because, historically, mail ballots garner a higher rate of participation. Measure B requires a simple majority to pass. Impartial analysis In July 2008, voters of the Plumas Hospital District approved Measure A, autho- rizing the sale of bonds in The Plumas District Hospi- tal tax limitation initiative, formally known as Measure B, continues to make its way through the election process. Acting County Counsel Brian Morris has filed his impartial analysis of the measure. Proponents and opponents have submitted their arguments for and against and their rebuttals. (All of which are reproduced verbatim in their entirety below.) The election will be an all- mail ballot. Vote-by-mail bal- lots will be mailed Aug. 2, and voters must have their ballots into the elections office at the courthouse by 8 p.m. Aug. 31. Registered voters who do not receive a ballot should contact the clerk-recorder office at 283-6256. GRANTS, from page IOA to prison. The director said she didn't see a way the $133,000 grant would go away without being replaced by some other source of funds because the focus in her field was increasingly aimed at treat- ment as time went by. Ingstad said he was hear- ing the county would get $10,000 from the state for each prisoner sent back to Plumas, with that money going to electronic monitoring. Hagwood said the idea was to get lesser offenders into that program as quickly as possible, to make space in jail for people who weren't eligible for incarceration out- side of jail. He warned that the Legisla- ture was now looking at sending all prisoners with less than three years left on their sentence back to county jails if their crimes weren't violent. The sheriff added that many larger counties' jail systems were already full,' which made him worry that other counties' offenders would be sent to jails with space, like the one in Plumas. He said measures like those being taken by the probation department were vitally important if the county wished to be prepared for the potential wave of prisoners that he feared would be headed toward Plumas. Schuyler COLLISION REPAIR 43B Aha Avenue it extremely, abundantly clear that the position could be eliminated, likely would be with the budget looking the way it was." Despite this fact, she added, "I started to have a lot of hesitation to approve filling positions that we think may be cut because it is this horrible disruption of a person's life to think they have a job, move their family, if that's entailed in it, and then turn around six months later and be laid off." Ingstad said another argu- ment for approving Reinert's request was that she agreed to eliminate a county funded position in her department for the upcoming fiscal year to help the county budget, but her department was one that would be seeing increased workload in the down economy. Simpson asked if there was any indicaipEt ,that ,the grants would be continued in future years. Reinert said the $57,000 grant was one-time money, but the county would get more money depending on how many of the people released to the county from prison re-offended. She said the county would continue to get additional funds until 2012, as long as it did a good job of keeping people from going back (behind SavMor Gas Station) Quincy, CA 530-283-9945 LIFETIME GUARANTEE by our trained professionals. ! Free mobile estimating By appt. I " I in: Quincy, Portola, Graeagle areas J f F IS THIS YOUR CAT? i! It's been living in my backyard in East !i Quincy since last fall. Friendly, long- ii haired, white with tan markings. ili Needs to go home soon or it will end up at the shelter. Call 283-3193 before 7 p.m., leave name and phone number to claim or adopt. , I the amount of $17.5 million "to upgrade, enhance, improve, expand, renovate, build, equip or replace exist- ing hospital facilities." Prin- cipal and interest on any bonds sold are payable from the proceeds of tax levies made upon the taxable property in the District. The Tax Limitation Initia- tive would establish a cap on the taxes that could be levied to pay for Measure A bonds. If this initiative is ap- proved by the voters, the maximum tax levy to pay for Measure A bonds would be $50 for every $100,000 of assessed valuation. For example, for a home with an assessed valuation of $200,000, the maximum tax levy to pay for Measure A bonds would be $100 per year. A "yes" vote is to limit tax levies to pay for Measure A bonds to no more than $50 per $100,000 of assessed valu- ation and potentially limit the District's ability to sell the full value of bonds authorized by Measure A. A "no" vote is to allow taxes to be levied to pay for the cost of any bonds sold up to the limit of $17.5 million authorized by Measure A and not establish a specific limit on annual tax levies. Argument in favor of Measure B (filed by Frank d. "Skip" Alexander, Robert T. Herr, Martin V. Brutlag, Robert J. Zernich and Dennis G. Clemens) A "Yes" vote on "Measure B" will protect your property from unlimited taxes, hold down rental rates, and leave more money in your pocket for spending in your commu- nity. Plumas District Hospital should not be allowed to have unlimited taxing power, yet that is the shocking outcome of passing "Measure A". The hospital board has unlimited taxing authority over our property, as stated in their resolution 09-02. "The District is authorized to direct Plumas County; to levy an unlimited ad valorem tax on all taxable property within the District for the payment of principal of and interest on the bonds." "The (officers) of the District, and their respective designees, are each hereby authorized, empowered and directed in the name of and on behalf of the District to take any and all steps, which they or any of them might deem necessary or appropri- ate in order to ensure that the County levies and collects the property taxes described herein; etc." "Measure A" contained a rate schedule that proved to be too good to be true, begin- ning at $22.36 and rising to $87.30 per $100,000 assessed value over 30 years. In fact, the rate shot up to $121.81 per $100,000 in the second year, and by PDH's own admission, the rate is not going to stop there and they don't know how high it will go. A new hospital can't be built for the rates disclosed in "Measure A". It is time for taxpayers to call off the deal and force the board to find other sources of funding and/or modify the scope of the project. The California Constitu- tion gives taxpayers the right to reduce or repeal any local tax, assessment, fee, or charge. Exercise your Constitutional right and protect yourself from unlimited taxes. Vote "Yes" on "B". Rebuttal to the Argument in Favor of Measure B (filed by Janine L. Ragusa, Judi Madden, Dennis L. Swanson, Michael B. Jackson and Janice M. Edwards) In local emergencies like fires and floods, our commu- nity has responded by pulling together. The time has come again, this time to Save Our Hospital. The Measure B Cap would actually decapitate our hos- pital. This must be stopped. By using scare words like "unlimited taxes", lawyers See Ballot, page 12A Unique Hardy ' Different Beautiful SHADE- & SUN- LOVING SHRUBS ......... Lots of varieties including Hydrangeas Come see for yourrselfl leas Another new quality product at Grays BLUE RIBBON We have a fertilizer for every use! 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