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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010 13A RENTERS, from page 1A a broad spectrum of re- sponses, though, just as every aspect of this con- tentious election has. One renter, who wanted to remain anonymous, report- ed she received a letter from her landlord the week of Aug. 9 that said he would have to raise her rent if Measure B fails and he has to pay the significantly higher $125/$100,000 amount. He informs his renters that, although he never rais- es rent on good tenants, he "might be making an excep- tion as a result of these out- rageous and terribly unfair new hospital taxes imposed by Measure A if Measure B should fail." He goes on to support the tax cap as reasonable and says its lower $50/$100,000 would not force a rent in- crease. The $125 rate, on the other hand, should Measure B fail, would force the in- crease. "If B fails I will be increasing all rents appro- priately." Feather Publishing con- tacted the Plumas County Assessor's Office to find out the assessed value of the landlord's properties. If the landlord increased rents to offset the $125/$100,000 tax rate, renters would pay be- tween $3.98 and $8.68 per month, depending on the unit occupied. (See sidebar for calculations.) Other landlords apparent- ly are planning a rent increase as well. Quincy Real Estate and Property How much should renters pay? If you're a renter, how can you tell if your land- lord is passing along a fair share of his PDH assess- ment? Here's how. Contact the Plumas County Assessor's Office with the street address of your rental unit. Staff can tell you the as- sessed value of the prop- erty. Multiple that number by .00125 (the $125/$100,000 rate). Divide by 12 (for each month of the year). Divide by the number of rental units. This will give you a per unit monthly rate. For example, suppose you rent an apartment in a four-unit complex. The assessor tells you the property is assessed at $200,000. $200,000 x .00125 = S250 $250 divided by 12 months = $20.83 $20.83 divided by 4 renters = $5.20 per renter per month Renters should note that regardless of the out- come of the Measure B election, property owners will have no PDH assess- ment for the 2010-11 tax year. Management confirmed that three of the landlords it represents have said in the past six weeks that they'd be raising rents if No late fliers for November election Linda Satchwell Staff Writer Isatchwell@plumasnews.com No one took advantage of the five-day extended filing period for the PlumaS Dis- trict Hospital board or the Plumas Unified School Dis- trict board, District 3 (Quin- cy) election. That leaves attorney Robert Tuerk as the only candidate in the school board election since incum- bent Sue Wickman bowed out. He will be sworn in, unless there is a write-in campaign. The hospital district elec- tion will see two incum- bents of that embattled dis- trict, John Kimmel and Fred Thon, as well as two new candidates, Bill Wick- man and Kathy Price, vie for three seats. All four candidates are opposed to Measure B. The election takes place Nov. 2. Measure B passed. Ken Henrici, another landlord, had an interesting take on the issue. He said many of his units are Sec- tion 8, and he is n't allowed to raise their rents. Further, he felt it was morally wrong to raise some rents and not others, so he wouldn't be raising any of them. Henrici has several prop- erties, and between them his tax bill went up more than $900 last year. He felt lied to he said. If Plumas District Hospital's board and administration had let people know a few months earlier when they first became aware of the higher than expected tax rate, it would have helped him significantly. A contractor, Henrici said winter is traditionally his worst time -- even more so in this economy. "It's not a wonderful time for a big, un- expected bill," he said. Because he's a contractor, Henrici questions the hospi- tal's assertion the old build- ing can't be retrofitted. "Yes, you can," he said. "I've done that kind of work." All renters should be aware that their landlords will not see any PDH assess- ment on their 2010 - 11 tax bills. Should Measure B pass, the resulting assess- ments would not show up until the 2011 - 12 tax bill. Neither the cappers nor the savers will know which way renters swing until election night, Tuesday, Aug. 31. Voters can look for election results at plumas- news.com. Check Out Our [ PLUMASNEWSOM Plague found at PESP Plumas County Environ- mental Health reported a ro- dent found in the Plumas-Eu- reka State Park area has test- ed positive for plague. The re- port is the first sign of plague activity in Plumas County in many years. Plumas County Environ- mental Health is working with the state vector-borne disease program and will be monitoring this situation. Plague warnings will be post- ed in the Plumas-Eureka State Park area and sur- rounding campgrounds. Ad- ditional surveillance activi- ties will also begin in these areas. Plague is a highly infec- tious bacterial disease which primarily affects rodents. Humans and their pets (dogs, and especially cats) can get plague if they visit ar- eas where wild rodents are infected. "At the present time, there have been no cases of human plague in Plumas County. However, it is vital that the disease be diagnosed and treated in its early stages," said Dr. Valeska Armisen, health officer for Plumas County. In humans, the initial symptoms of plague include fever, chills, muscle aches, a feeling of weakness and, com- monly, swollen and tender lymph nodes. The usual incu- bation period is two to six days, but people should con- tact a physician immediately if they become ill within sev- en days of being in a plague- affected area, Plague is curable when di- agnosed early. Patients can help with diagnosis by telling their doctor where they have been and that they may have been exposed to plague. People can get the disease from animals in several ways. The most important route of transmission is through bites of fleas from in- fected rodents, but direct con- tact with sick or dead ani- mals should also be avoided. The most common wild ro- dents that can carry plague are squirrels (especially ground squirrels), chip- munks, wood rats, mice and marmots. Plague is lethal to many rodents. Therefore, a sick or dead rodent is a possi- ble warning that plague may be in the area. It is important to note that while it is not uncommon to find plague in wild animals in Plumas County, no human t cases have been confirmed in; several years. Nonetheless, Plumas Coun-' ty residents and guests are I urged to take the following, general precautions to help: prevent the spread of plague: ; Avoid all contact with ro- dents and their fleas. Do not l touch sick or dead rodents, i but report them to camp-, ground hosts or park rangers. '. Do not camp, sleep or rest: near animal burrows. Do not feed rodents in: campgrounds and picnic at-' eas. Store food and refuse in rodent-proof containers. Wearing long pants tucked ! into boot tops can reduce ex-' posure to fleas. Insect repel-: lent sprayed on socks and trouser cuffs may help. Leave pets at home if possi-, ble. If not, keep pet confined or on a leash. Do not allow pet to approach sick or dead ro- dents or to explore rodent burrows. For more information, visit the state Department of Public Health website at cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/disco nd/Pages/Plague.aspx or contact the local environ- mental health department at 283-6355. J See the Schuyl at: ,n Repair 'ii: Phone: Located behind the SavMor Gas Station Plumas Charter School DAVID J. HEASLETT The Wellness Column Presented by Christopher W. Anderson, DC Osteoporosis, Osteopenia & Bone Density Bone density is a measure of the thickness of your bones. If your bones are dense, they are strong and less susceptible to fracture. Osteopenia and Osteoporosis are terms that describe an overall decrease in the density of the bones; Osteoporosis indicates less density than Osteopenia, Osteopenia indicates less then "normal." The facts: These disorders affect both men and woman of all ages. 50% of the density of our bones is determined by our diet and exercise habits when we are teenagers. 1 in 4 women, and 1 in 8 men over the age of 50, have osteoporosis. NearlY ne'third f all wmen and one-sixth of all men will fracture their hips. Women's mortality rates from osteoporotic fractures are greater than the combined mortality rates from cancer of the breasts and ovaries. Up to 20% of women and 34% of men who fracture a hip die in less than a year from complications secondary to these fractures. By 2020 the surgeon general estimates that "half of all American citizens older than 50 will be at risk for fractures from osteoporosis and low bone mass" To determine whether you have osteoporosis, the most reliable, reproducible test is a DEXA examination. This exam can be performed locally. A DEXA exam performed on the hip and lumbar spine is the gold standard for bone density tests. Occasionally I have come across health care facilities that claim that a CT (Cat Scan) will work to evaluate Osteoporosis. This method is not accurate. Go find a facility that can perform a DEXA. As a chiropractor, I regularly treat patients with Osteoporosis. In addition to my treatment, we educate the patient about proper exercise and diet to improve bone strength and we focus on balance exercises. If you have Osteoporosis, but you have excellent balance, then you are minimizing your risk of falling and breaking a bone. On the other hand, Fosamax, a common osteoporosis drug, is often prescribed. This drug has significant side effects (like bleeding ulcers and osteonecrosis [where the bone dies] of the jaw) and the benefits aren't nearly as good as the commercials or your doctor claims. There are alternatives to this drug, but you must be willing to ask. If you think you are at risk for Osteoporosis and want to do something about it, call me at 832-4442 for an appointment. AI 'e you looking for education that's de:;igned to fit your daughter or son as an individual? . . : X --, ,/ \\;. t. , , / . ,,, \\; " I .-" k_ / ', ." \\; ......... /",. ......... ) T...,) Plumas Charter School is a PERSONALIZED LEARNING School. We Tailor an educational program to fit each student. At Plumas Charter School, we're proud of the job we do in paying close attention to each young person who comes to us. We know that each student has different needs, interests, talents, and goals, so we offer a selection of online curriculum, small group classes, state approved textbooks, and a variety of high quality materials and activities. We work with students and their families to design a program to suit each individual student, combining materials, activities and support in the way that best serves them. Our staff of highly qualified teachers is readily available in person, by phone, and by email to provide the ongoing guidance students and their parents need. For further information, please visit our website- www.plumascharterschool.ora Founded in 1998 WASC Accredited Grades K-12 Call 283-3851 (888-509-4146 toll free)for questions, to enroll, or to arrange to come in for a visit. Learning centers in: Chester, Greenville, Portola, and Quincy