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6A Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 Feather River Bulletin BUDGET: County has slashed n, arly $4 rnillion duriqg proces:, from page 1A Kennedy said, "It surprised everybody," and added that he was glad Meacher had held on to that missing piece of information and asked about it. Until that happened, Kennedy said he "was ab- solutely convinced that we had to still make layoffs." Kennedy also discussed what he termed his "rant" during the final budget work- shop when he publicly criti- cized everyone involved in the negotiation process. "It was meant to offend," he said. He has been frustrat- ed that the negotiations can't be settled. "Selfish people really aren't thinking about the big picture," he said. He added, "We could save jobs and provide essential services even more," if con- cessions were made. After last week's final bud- get workshop, Scarlett dou- ble-checked all of the figures and sent final numbers to each of the department heads for them to review. "We've cut almost $4 mil- lion," Scarlett said of the budget that has seen rev- board of supervisors doesn't do budget workshops," Kennedy said during an in- terview last week. "It makes you so much more aware of what's going on. It's an extra- ordinary lesson." He said he would like to conduct similar workshops with the other non-general fund departments such as so- cial services and public health. When asked about the last minute revenue news from the muni court fund, STRIKE. from page 1A At this point in the negotia- tions he said there are many issues rolled together, issues he said could be resolved in one meeting. "At this point we are down to the core: We have already had many meetings and have resolved many non-economic issues," Wood said. However, he also said he does not expect there will be many more meetings and spoke of tolerance. "It's a matter of good faith. As long as both sides see pro- gression we will continue to meet. He described a strike as the worst-case scenario and said it is something that neither the workers nor the company want to see happen. He then emphasized, "We strongly believe the corhpa- ny's proposals are unaccept- able at this point and the membership said so loud and clear (with their vote)." At this time the core Wood spoke about includes agree: ment about rights to recall af- te/" layoff or medical leave, wages and health care. Wood did not elaborate fur- ther and details of the sensi- tive negotiations were not discussed. Mountain Cuisine the Council, which is the next higher level of the union, and the Collins Pine Co." He said Local 3074 works primarily with issues such as working conditions specific to the plant site. The Council works on the industry level with multiple companies in which the Council has membership. "The Council works to en- sure parity among benefits and working conditions," Wood said. enues and expenditures see- saw since she began working on the process in May. "The important message to get out is that this has been a lengthy process, but the board finally has a balanced budget," she said. "And we're not using to reserves to do it." When all of the totals are tabulated, Scarlett expects there to be at least $50,000 more in revenue than origi- nally calculated, largely from the muni court fund. She said she would recom- mend that the board put that money either into its re- serves or its contingency fund. Meacher said he would probably agree with that rec- ommendation, but he is look- ing forward to the time when the board can start adding back what has been cut. "I think we might have al- most hit bottom," he said. "I think we can start slowly re- building." Meacher is optimistic that property taxes will begin to increase and that other revenues that have long been expected will actually flow into county coffers. Kennedy said he would be inclined to add some of the $50,000 back to areas that had been cut during the workshops, such as facili- ties maintenance, where the cuts could make it diffi- cult for basic services such as snow removal to be done this winter. But for both Kennedy and Scarlett, a timely mid-year review of the budget is criti- cal to make sure that the county stays on track finan- cially. :oard sets property tax rate Debra Moore Staff Writer Board sets property tax rate In what has become a for- mality since the advent of Proposition 13, the Board of Supervisors adopted the ba- sic tax rate for Plumas Coun- ty, as well as the Beckwourth Community Service Area, Plumas Unified School Dis- trict, and Plumas District Hospital. During the board's Sept. 18 meeting, County Counsel Craig Settlemire said Propo- sition 13 set the maximum property tax at 1 percent of assessed value. He said other rates are set when voters pass bond measures. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS " ROUNDUP "It's pretty much a situa- tion where you have no dis- cretiOn," Settlemire told the board. "It's a formality." Board Chairman Robert Meacher said much has changed since the passage of Proposition 13. "We used to set the tax rate to whatever we wanted to budget," he said, explain- ing that a board would deter- mine what the county's ex- penditures were and set the Time to Paint? Call Bob! 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After an audience member spoke out on behalf of one of the employees, calling her a "good employee," Supervisor Sherri Thrall made a re- quest. "One of the things that makes this job really hard is we're laying off people who are really good employees; some are our friends," she said, and then asked people not speak out on behalf of particular employees be- cause it made it more diffi- cult. Horton named to Fish and Game The Board of Sppervisors appointed Quincy resident Ron H0rton to serve on the Fish and Game Advisory Commission. Horton, an avid hunter, sent a letter of interest and the board unanimously ap- proved his appointment. Check Out Our THE FIRST ANNUAL Shindig at the Safe House Join us for a scavenger hunt, costume contest, live music & more at our brewery in Blairsden. Kids are welcome, too! Entrance is $15 & includes a 1/2 pint glass to take home + $2 beers all evening. Live music by Soldiers of HiFi. 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