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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 5A Supervisors make budget decisions, still face half-million-dollar deficit Debra Moore Staff Writer dmoore@plumasnews.com While much remained unsettled following Sept. 16 budget discussions in the Board of Supervisors chambers, Facilities Director Dony Sawchuk received $186,088 to take care of county buildings and grounds. Topping the list is roof repairs at several locations, including the Portola Memorial Hall and the county museum. A chunk, $39,659, is earmarked for deferred maintenance on the fire sprinkler system at the courthouse annex. The budget discussion began with the board still facing a budget shortfall, but the supervisors approved Sawchuk's list, agreeing to take the money from the county's fund balance if necessary. "This is all needed," Board Chairman Jon Kennedy said, referring to the list. "We've got to take advantage of the weather. We might as well get this stuff done." "I agree," said Supervisor Sherrie Thrall. "I think we fund it, then reimburse from fund balance," if necessary. Probation While Sawchuk received approval, other departments didn't. Probation Chief Dan Prince went toe to toe with the board, particularly Kennedy, as he argued for his request. Prince said that without the requested funding "then probation can't be staffed to maintain public safety." Kennedy said the talks shouldn't be adversarial, but "law enforcement thinks they're more important." Sheriff Greg Hagwood was attending a conference in Sacramento and not able to attend the meeting. But he was displeased when he learned through text messages how Kennedy characterized his absence. "It's interesting that Mr. Kennedy wants to take a cheap shot," Hagwood said during a phone interview. "I'm in Sacramento trying to scrounge money to continue to provide services that the board doesn't want to fund or isn't able to fund. I don't recall him taking cheap shots at Sherrie Thrall when she was on vacation." While Hagwood wasn't there to defend his budget request, which Kennedy described as "$278,000 more than he spent last year," District Attorney David Hollister spoke in support of both the sheriff and the probation chief. As for the sheriff, Hollister said it was important to keep the spending intact, explaining that a "proactive approach" to law enforcement keeps crime, in particular meth use, in check. The bulk of the sheriffs additional request was due to three deputy positions that the board approved earlier in the year. With regard to probation, "that department was so broken," Hollister said. "I certainly appreciate the deficit, but we can't keep those two entities where they are now." "We're $590,000 short," Kennedy responded. "Should we close the fair, the museum and the libraries?" "Do we have to chip away at the very fabric of the community?" Kennedy added. Supervisor Lori Simpson said, "The only other option is furloughs again." "Or just lay some people off," Kennedy said, adding that he preferred a few people to be mad rather than all of the employees. Kennedy suggested that rather than trying to decide what to fund in the probation and sheriff departments, the board should make the contribution that it can afford and let the chief and sheriff decide how to spend it. That suggestion didn't sit well with the sheriff, who We would like to thank the wonderful community of Quincy and surrounding area for everything people did for our family while Kory was recovering from his illness this summer. Thank you also for all of those who supported and organized the fantastic fundraiscr at Pioneer Park. It was a true success. It is because of the help of so many amazing people that we are able to get through this difficult time. Thank you again for all of your support. We are truly blessed to live in such a wonderful community. Kory, Stacey, Audrey, and William Felker said, "That's a very convenient way for them to walk away from what remains a county responsibility." Sheriff Hagwood planned to attend yesterday's Sept. 23 budget hearing. "I have put forward a responsible budget based on what we need to get through the year. I will subject my budget to the scrutiny of the public." Shortfall The county is using one-time funds to bridge the budget shortfall, but it still remains at more than a half-million dollars. Budget consultant Susan Scarlett said some of the Shortfall arose because the supervisors approved new positions during the year that commit departments to ongoing funding. It's become a familiar refrain during the budget meetings: "Don't make ongoing budget decisions outside of the budget process," she said. To help reduce the deficit, the board decided to take $100,000 out of its litigation fund and take $200,000 out of contingency fund, leaving $250,000 for unforeseen needs. But the county also has a fund balance that can be tapped if necessary. That fund now holds approximately $3 million, when just a couple of years ago it stood at $400,000. The board was scheduled to conduct a public hearing on the budget yesterday, Sept. 23, with adoption set for Sept. 30. BOARD, from page 1A "As most of you know, Kevin (Supervisor Kevin Goss) and I have been working with the Forest Service on a jobs program," Thrall said, and questioned whether sending the letter would jeopardize those discussions. She and Goss are hoping to secure commitments from the Forest Service that restoration work would be accomplished using a local workforce. But the supervisors' definition of "local" differs from that of the Forest Service. "Their definition of local extends to Utah," Supervisor Jon Kennedy said. Supervisor Terry Swofford said that when he worked with the Forest Service on the fire station in Beckwourth, "local" meant MarysviUe. Thrall and Goss are aware of that issue and are working to ensure that local people will be used. The supervisors decided not to send the letter and allow more time for the jobs program to be discussed. On the auction block Those in the market for a 1968 International dump truck or a 1956 Garwood crane should pay attention when Bar None Auction puts those and other Plumas County items up for bid. Public Works Director Bob Perreault is getting rid of equipment that no longer meets state air quality emissions, as well as items obtained during the cleanup of a parcel in With heartfelt thanks, I am blessed by all those who came to my 90 th birthday celebration. Thank you all for the gifts, flowers & cards in abundance. You are all so kind. Thank you, Chris, for coming from Ohio to spend my birthday with me. Many, many thanks to Laurie for putting it all together and providing the food. ABOUT YOUR MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT?. Need to make changes or switch companies? 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Main St., Quincy, CA 95971 (530) 283-0565 Fax (530) 283-5143 www.dchardstockton.us AStateFarm TM WE LIVE WHERE YOU LIVE State Farm, Home Office, Bloomington, IL Chilcoot earlier this year, including three trailers, two vehicles, scrap items and household objects. Health help Public Health Director Mimi Hall received authorization to hire two nurses and an assistant director. The three positions are allocated and funded. No general fund money is required. Report received The supervisors received the Kemper Consulting Group Report that they commissioned on the county's mental health department, but did not discuss it. That discussion is scheduled to take place at the board's Sept. 30 meeting. However, Board Chairman Jon Kennedy did take issue with part of the report. "I was not interviewed by this group once, but I'm listed as an informant," he said. Funds allocated As discussed during a prior meeting, the board voted to allocate its Title III funds in the following manner: --Plumas County Office of Emergency Services wildfire prevention: $90,000. --Plumas County Sheriffs Office Search and Rescue: $25,OOO. --Sheriff OES radio tower and vault project: $130,541. However, the supervisors asked that the $25,000 for search and rescue be allocated differently than it has been in past years. "The bulk is going to overtime rates to one person to work on this equipment," Kennedy said, of the maintenance work. "It might not be a horrible idea to reach out to other shops across the county." Thrall suggested that approval be granted with the proviso that other mechanics be involved to "put some money out into the community." FINE ART AND JEWELRY Stop by Carey Candy Co. & Main St. Styles during GIRLS NIGHT OUT on Friday, September 26 FINE ART FOR YOUR HOME AND BODY jdaileydesign@ yahoo.com Do You Sell Decking? 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