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FEATHER RIVER Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010 :d Surrounding Areas Since 1866 50 CENTS Rev your engines and pull your cowboy boots on, the Plumas-Sierra County Fair is set to kick off today at noon. Photo by Joshua Sebold Alex Stowe, 9, accompanied by his mom, Dee Stowe, arranges his Legos Star War entry for the collections competition in the Art Barn at the fairgrounds Friday, Aug. 13. Photo by Delaine Fragnoli Cowgirl Chalise Galloway and her horse, Cutter, looked ready to go Monday morning when locals began to set up camp. Photo by Joshua Sebold Meanwhile, these ladies put the finishing touches on a Western-themed garden exhibit; Photo by Joshua Sebold PDH sets zrero tax rate for 2010-1 1 Linda Satchwell a low-intere~st USDA ioan, Staff Writer which the hospital hopes to Isatchwell@plumasnews'cm use to fund its new building. He said the amount re- The Plumas District Hos- quested on the loan is $21.5 pital board meeting Aug. 5 ........ a "not to exceed was once again dominated amount." For that reason, by discussion of a possible the figure submitted in- new hospital building, and " cludes the full $17.5 million the pending ~leasure B vote. PDH requested in Measure PDH's Chief Executive Of- A. ricer John Nadone reported Although lower property that Monday, Aug. 2, he sub- assessments only allow the mitted a full application for district to borrow a total of $15.3 million at this time, the "not to exceed" terminology had Nadone applying for the full amount, in case the dis- trict's assessed value in- creases at a later date and it wants to borrow to the full amount. Nadone said he'd spent the previous day on the phone with Mike Colbert, the US- DA area specialist for rural development, and he was very helpful. The hospital board passed a resolution approving the application by a unanimous roll call vote. The board also acknowl- edged that if the tax cap passes Aug. 31, it would ef- fectively kill the USDA loan process. Next, the board unani- mously passed a resolution setting the tax rate for the 2010-11 tax year. In presenting the second resolution, board president Dr. Mark Satterfield ex- plained that since PDH had not sold any more Measure A bonds and because it had collected enough in the past year to service the bonds al- ready sold, it was "asking the county to collect no taxes for this year." Further, Satterfield said Nadone agreed that if Mea- sure B were to fail and the board went ahead with the USDA loan, and the board decided to sell more bonds in December 2011 to fund the loan, and "keeping within the $125/$100,000" limit, ad- ditional tax would not be needed in the coming year. The resolution directed the county to levy a zero tax "to pay the principal of and interest on the district's gen- eral obligation bonds for See Tax, page 13A County brings budget back into balance Joshua Sebold Staff Writer jsebld@plurnasnews'cm Plumas County Adminis- trative Officer Jack Ingstad To subscribe to the Bulletin, call 530-283-0800 shared some optimism with the county Board of Supervi- Sors about the county budget and the local economy at a recent board meeting. He began by addressing the chaotic budgeting that has left so many counties, states and nations in con- stant teeter-totter motion the last few years. "Things keep changing as we get new information in and that's why I think there's this roller coaster ride. "One minute you panic, the next minute you think everything's OK." He warned the board the ride would continue while the state budget process warmed up, with events of the previous week an apt ex- ample of this phenomenon. He explained the county found itself in a $250,000 hole one day because it experi- enced what he said was the largest percentage drop in property tax revenues he could find in a California county, with 8 percent less in funds from that source compared to the prior year. Ingstad found out almost immediately after hearing this bad news that the coun- W's fund balance projections for this year were low by a similar number, meaning the problem was solved al- most before it appeared. He added he had heard the county employee's union was considering opposing the two furlough days in the budget. He reported the union leader changed his stance, indicating he would support the furloughs if the county could justify them. Chairwoman and Chester supervisar Sherrie Thrall said if the county didn't fur, lough.its employees, it would have a $60,000 budget hole to rill. Ingstad agreed, explaining it would mean eliminating at least one position. He co.-~tinued his budget narrative, saying his new concern was that tax rev- enue sources for the county still seemed unstable. "All of the taxes make me very nervous and we're do- mg the best that we can esti- mating what we think they will be revenue-wise. But we'll have to come back at midyear and indicate to you if we're on target or not. As of today and of this hour we're balanced, and ! think the budget looks in pretty good shape considering what's going on." Later in the meeting, Thrall said the county's ap- proach for making future See Budget, page 12A |lii ]lilRIiiiillm IEiiIDiilmimliIiPlliNlili ] i iI iiiiiimii