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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, July 21, 2010 7A HOSPITAL, from page 1A tations -- people would have other difference is SOH's way: "This is not just an anti- much more to worry about careful research; knowledge cap [movement]. This com- than a hospital tax. of the pitfalls two years ago mittee represents a move- outlined by Coates are now set for the life of the bond. Board president Mark Sat- make the "numbers credible, ment towards a better hospi- The only area of fluctua- terfield asked, given the hos- Our function is [to say] this tal. We've done things right." tion that remains is based on pital's dismally failed projec- is correct. ~Our function is to The board informally assessed home valuation, tions of two years ago, what make the case." Further, he agreed with the committee's is going to "change our credi- said, the group will speak in recommendation that the which is why the Save Our bility thistime?" simple black and white board should limit them- Hospital group worked so The committee hopes their terms: "Either/or. Either it selves to a financial arrange- hard with county assessor Leonhardt to look at histori- friends, neighbors and com-works this way, or it doesn't ment in which taxpayers cal home values and why munity members will find work." would pay no more than they took avery conservative ~the message more believable The board briefly touched $125/$100,000. view of likely changes, coming frbm them. Save Our on the possibility that they There followed a lengthy Jackson argued further, Hospital includes that in- won't get the USDA loan. discussion regarding the lan- cludes Kim Kraul, Greg The conclusion drawn guage of the board's resolu- that if a total catastrophe oc- Kinne, Michael Jackson, was that, they'd either scale tion, with most members of curred -- and according to Coates it would take some- George Terhune, Bill Coates, down the project even fur-the public voicing their opino Keith Nichols, Steve Tolund, ther and get a higher percent- ion. The difference from pre- thing the extent of the 1906 Bill Wickman, Bill and Jea-age loan, or they'd decide not vious board meetings was earthquake to bring values down so low that the tax nine Regusa, Earl Thomson, tobuild, that the board and the public would greatly exceed expec- and others Coates summed up the feel-were workingtogether to- George Terhune added an- ing of the committee this wards the samegoal. They finally agreed upon Flanigan reported out that, the following (this is not "As negotiator on behalf of the formal, signed resolution, the hospital board, I moved but the text voted upon at we offer Richard Hathaway a the meeting): "It is the intent new contract effective July of the board of directors 16, to September 30, 2010, un- of Plumas District Hospital der the same conditions as. to only approve the sale his prior contract with the of bonds if the tax rate will exception of salary." be $125 per $100,000 or less Hathaway's salary has [of assessed home value] in seen increases during his the highest year, and $100 nine-year tenure as chief ex- per $100,000 or less on ecutive officer and is cur- average over the life of the rent!y set at $205,000. bond." The board voted unani- The resolution passed mously for the extension, unanimously, 4 - 0, with Bill and Hathaway accepted the Elliott absent. A pleased Ter- contract. hune said, "This is the Contacted later, Hathaway largest drafting committee saw this move as progress I've ever been on." and said the extension allows The board then adjourned "more time for dialogue" re- into closed session. Valerie garding a new contract. BROWN; from page 1A She reported both Thrall the supervisors had decided and Acting County Counsel to add an urgency item to Bryan Morris advised the the agenda that likely still al long-term shortage of boardwas allowedto do that. would have been a violation money. Feather Publishing dis- because Montgomery had Montgomery said the agrees with that opinion, not advised the board that county would get more tax Jim Ewert, counsel for theaction was necessary. money next week and would California Newspaper Pub- Montgomery sent the e- have a better idea of whether lisher's Association said this mail to the supervisors at 10 it should take action. She was clearly a violation of the a.m., when the meeting be- wasn't optimistic the money Brown Act. "The thing thatgan. They decided to call her coming in would make up is so appalling here in that into the room after the meet- for the county's current your board or your county ing adjourned with no indi- $300,000 shortage in cash. counsel didn't see anything cation immediate action was She suggested such action could include moving fur- wrong in reconvening an al- necessary. ready completed meeting. The situation was further lough days up from winter to There is no such thing as an complicated by the fact the the near future or halting all innocent or harmless meet-supervisors' new recording nonessential expenditures in ing when you are conducting system, installed to ensure county departments until the public's business." transparency and easy pub- the county got more money He said the Brown Act pro-lic access to board discus- in December. vides several remedies forsions, was turned off after Back in the boardroom, noticing the pubic before the meeting was adjourned, Meacher had reportedly seen holding public meetings, in- as usual, and wasn't turned the short e-mail, which made cluding adding something to back on for the extra board mention of possibly needing the agenda after it has been session. to move up furloughs and in- posted. The body has to give When interviewed, both formed his fellow board the reasons and urgency asSimpson and Meacher members of the message, to why the item needs to be seemed to be under the as- At this point, Meacher and added to the agenda and sumption that the recorder Simpson both reported then they have to vote on was on when the board had Thrall suggested the board adding that item. this discussion, but the re-open the meeting and call The meeting had not gone board clerk had turned it off Montgomery into the room on a lunch break or even in- at the end of the meeting, as to give a report, to closed session, it had been she always did, and reported Simpson said she asked adjourned, she forgot to turn it back on her fellow board members if If the meeting had gone in- when the unusual, impromp- they could do that under the to closed session and then tu meeting began. Brown Act. By all accounts the auditor ing and said he found the in- lating the Brown Act unless provided the board with a formation interesting and a member of the public, of- brief report and no action important, but didn't have a ten a news organization, at- was taken, feeling the board was trying tempts to pursue the matter A member of the public, to hide anything, in court. Larry Douglas of Portola, The Brown Act may be in- That course is usually was in the hallway when the tended to stave off large to force a public agency to session occurred and attest- schemes of government cor-share information. ed all members of the public ruption, but it's also meant to In this case, this newspa- still in the area were invited close tiny little gaps in the per is merely reporting the into the boardroom for the public discussion like this violation, as there appears to discussion. " one. ~ be little to gain from pursu- Douglas attended the meet- There is no penalty for vio- ing it further. ITINERANT, from page 1A Infractions, the penalties for violating the ordinance, usually start out small, $50 for an incident, but can grow in many cases to e $250 per incident for repeat of- fenses. Kennedy said he could un- derstand the supervisors' in- tent but thought the lan- guage needed to be clarified. He was concerned legitimate salespeople would have the police called on them the. way it was written, "which isn't really right." Thrall said if door-to-door salespeople lived in Plumas in an area zoned for home businesses they would be ex- empt from the ordinance. Meacher argued, as he has in the past, that the county should have business licens- es, because it has no way of kno'wing how many such businesses existed. Thrall added, "Usually we don't even knows there's a home business unless a neighbor calls and com- plains because they see too much activity." The board adopted the ordinance as written. Morris asked that the meet- ing minutes clarify the board's intention to have the written permission apply to all itinerant vendors, including those who go door-to-door "so we have that as the legisla- tive history of how it should be interpreted." In some July 14 editions of the newspaper, an arti- cle on a new itinerant vendor ordinance inaccu- rately stated some ven- dors would be required to pay $200 per month for an itinerant license. SOme editions of the pa- per correctly reported a $200 per year expense would be incurred. The articles were iden- tical in all other aspects. Feather Publishing re- grets the error. Offe equ res Agreement and AutoPay ~th Papeness 8 Ihng c0nl 530-284-1701 iN Visit us online at: www, plumasdish.com N E T w O R K, AUTHORIZED DETAILER Dig=tel Home Advantage plan requires 24-rnmth agreement and credil qualificatioe. If servi~ ~s termleate,,'l before the end of agreement, a cancella~n fee of $'..7.50/mon$ .rema~..=ng apples. 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The hospital gets a share of standard property taxes because it is a special district, like the volunteer fire department and the water and sewer district. If the hospital operates at a loss; like it has for the past two years, they cover the loss with our standard property taxes. Covering operating losses with standard property taxes is money squandered because it could have been used to buy new equipment or upgrade facilities. As if that isn't enough, we could be taxed more than $1,000,000 per year to pay off $15.3 million of bonds for a new building. Total cost of principal and interest would be more than $32,000,000 at 4.5% interest rate. In light of the hospital's shaky financial condition, now is not the time to take on a high level of debt to construct a new building. The first priority should be to restore the hospital to a healthy financial condition. Take back control of hospital spending. Cap the Tax. Vote Yes on Measure B. l " on " keasure You may contribute to your campaign fund by writing a check to: 50/100K Group P.O. Box 21 Meadow Valley, CA 95956 We are all in support of our Hospital We DO NOT support Unlimited Taxation Paid for by the 50/1 O0 K Group