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4A Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 Feather River Bulletin Debra Moore omeetings-- both in and Staff Writer out of the boardroom. dmoore@plumasnews.com " Would you ILke to weigh In , on theprooess? What did you With the Nov. 4 election think worked well? What just a month away, and didn't? vote-by-mail ballots arriving What do you think a bout next week, the candidates the budget that is poised to be for District 5 supervisor adopted next week, and how have little time left to share do you think it wi11 impact their message, the oounty? The names of Jim Judd Next year one of you will be and Jeff Engel will appear sitting around the table on the ballot, but a third making those decisions. How candidate, Alice Berg, is do you plan to prepare? What seeking to win the position will be your priorities? as a write-in. All three are residents of Alice Berg Clio and hope to represent Although I wasn't able to the district that includes attend every meeting, I kept Mohawk Valley and East a watchful eye on the Quincy. process Constituents will be able I think the process of to see the candidates in two going over most of the forums scheduled by the department's budgets in the League of Women Voters open is not only an essential later this month -- in part of engaging the public Graeagle on Oct, 14 and in in the process, but was also Quincy on Oct. 16. an excellent educational Since the Board of opportunity for every Board Supervisors has devoted member. much of its time in recent I believe the method in weeks to adopting the which the Supervisors have 2014-15 budget, the discussed the particulars of candidates were asked to the county's budget in open share their thoughts on the session has been a process, refreshing consequence of The candidates responded not having a CAO, and I to the following questions in hope that continues even if written form. Following are they do fill that position. It's their unedited responses in apparent that without the the order they were help of their budget submitted to the newspaper, consultant, Susan Scarlett, it TheBoard of Supervisors may have been very is a bout to canclude the challenging. budgetprooess after months The difficulty of granting Forming Wednesday, Oct. 8th 7pm Win free games Colored Head Fri., Sat. & Sun LA SIERRA LAN S 1735 E. Main St., Quincy 283-1633 Postal Service: USPS (No. 188-550.) Periodicals postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Location and hours: 287 Lawrence St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: P.O. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. OffiCe is open Men. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. How to contact us: All departments: (530) 283-0800. FAX: (530) 283-3952. 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Send change of B, Quincy, CA 95971. address orders to the Feather River Bulletin, P.O. Box Michael C. Taborski Jenny Lee Cobey Brown Co-Owner/Publisher Photo Editor Vice Pres./ Ked Taborski Mary Newhouce Operations Co-Owner/Legal Classified, Circ. Manager Tom Fomey Advertising Sandy Condon Production Manager Kevin Mallory Human Resources Dir., Elise Monroe Vice Pres./Admin.Office Manager Bookkeeper Dan McDonald Sherd McConnell Eva Small Managing Editor Display Adv. Manager Composing Manager ember, California Newpaper Publishers Assoc. recycled paper p mm mm ~1 Iron mare ~11 ~ mare mmz ~ ~ Subscription Order Form Feather River Bulletin R0. Box B, Quincy, CA 95971 Please enter my subscription for __ years, [~ Enclosed find my check for $ [~1 In County $26 per year [~l Out of State $44 per year [~l In California $37 per year, I Addrsss- | City, State, Zip SubscdpUons can be transferred, but nut refunded. I- --- .. m .., m= =. mm m mm m. -I general funds to each Jim Judd funds are appropriated to fill department to meet their One of the unique an open position and the needs is obvious and due to processes we as voters have position can't be filled. limited revenue streams. It's is the opportunity to weigh I came away from these challenging to keep all in personally on government budget meetings feeling that departments open and issues, especially our local our BOS react far too late functioning under these budgets, with respect to a current challenging economic times. I have personally attendedyear's budget and how that There were some reductions most, if not all, of the open impacts their decisions on made to entities that provide meetings throughout this the upcoming year's budget. services in my District that entire budget process where Having to deal with deserved more discussion the BOS discussed a huge multi-million dollar budgets and debate, shortfall, stated at one time with my own company, I've The budget scheduled to to be several millions learned that means keeping be adopted next week is very dollars, your hands on the steering similar to last year's actual Once understood, that wheel at all times, checking budget. However, as stated figure came in at a $1.7 your budget against actuals by a couple of the million deficit. Of concern monthly or at minimum Supervisors, we need to be were the statements being quarterly and looking for cautious going forward made by one supervisor that trends both good and bad. because of the need to use appropriations were being I'm extremely concerned some one time funds and made throughout the year how this budget will impact possible volatile revenue and now we see the negative the county and our essential sources in order to balance financial impact of those services, especially the the budget, decisions. Sheriff's Department. I'll I plan to prepare from the This begs the need for remind voters they need to first day by keeping a clarity on where the checks be aware of Prop 47 on this watchful eye on every and balances are throughout year's ballot, if passed budget and to take time to the year on any current they'll certainly feel its thoroughly learn as much as budget, negative impact just as I can about all revenue I'm concerned on how we've felt the impact of sources and expenses, one-time funds are being AB-109. This is obviously what Jon used to close the 2014-2015 You can only take so many Kennedy has done and he shortfall and what ,that across the board cuts until seems to have a pretty good means for the 2015-2016 things begin to buckle, grasp of our county's budget, budget process, priorities will change, I can't stress how important I know, if elected, I'll have employee morale erodes and it is to understand our my head buried in five years critical staffing becomes a budget, because most of our of budget history comparing major concern. policy decisions are based past budgets to actual Throughout the entire on the budget, expenses and drilling downbudget process you would To work with the board to into the variances, hear statements from the establish funding priorities Based on that history, I'll BOS on how hard these up front, way before the also want to project out a 2-3 decisions are for them to budget process begins, and year trend getting a better make and how it will then to be honest with every idea of what's coming downnegatively impact the department about those the road. I'm also troubled 2015-2016 budget process. priorities, as they change with the fund balances, how To their (BOS) credit, the and as reductions are they impact a budget, how gap as of the 9/23 meeting projected to be needed due to they are used to close a was down to $211k from $1.7 shortfalls. This would help deficit and more importantly million. Although in reality, minimize the pitting of one why do we have them. those cuts came from department against another. Especially in the case where departments heads not Indian To the mun Indian Valley Recreation & Parks District would like to say .... THANK all of our sponsors, volunteers, the community, IVCSD, pool committee and 20,000 lives, for a great swim year. We couldn't have done it without you/ See you next year! %i | I to a Week Call Now for Tee Times, Reservations, and Information 402 www. Pl_U..m.aspinesGolf.com Poplar Valley Road Graeagle, Ca wanting to give into any funding cuts, at times fighting hard for their budgets. I've dealt with huge deficits, it's not fun, it takes ' perseverance and years to work your way out of them. It can be done, I've been there and believe me, once you climb out of that hole, you'll never go back. I'm already prepared based on my life's experiences with over 30 years in business dealing with multiple departments and multi-million dollar budgets. My first priority will be to schedule town hall' meetings to get input from the public and my second will be to get to know our county employees in all departments to better understand their needs. Jeff Engel I don't think the Plumas County budget differs from most other Northern California counties Where we've dropped the ball is in not addressing the principles of implementing the budget throughout the year. We can't arbitrary spend money all year and then come to budget review time to find out we're 3.3 million, 1.5 million and now .5 million dollars short. This is one reason I've felt the need for (but can't afford) a C.A.O. Instead of arguing and throwing paper at each other, the Supervisors time could be much better spent addressing spending issues on the larger scale, not authorizing to pay a $67.00 bill at Safeway, or a 70 cent raise for an employee. I've been in business in Plumas County for over 33 years. I have a budget. I can't spend more than I take in. I can't fall back on a fund balance. I have employee's I am obligated to take care of, find work for and provide security for. I would feel a dereliction of duty to tell my employee's i have to furlough them because 1 couldn't stick to basic good business principles. Don't spend more than you take in. Sure the county's budget will be balance one way or another. I just don't like it being balanced at the cost of county workers being furloughed or laid off. As a County Supervisor, I'll do all I can to run our local government more like I run my business. ,cle run : ) ) The Americans Motorcycle: Club is hosting the Feather . River Toy Run 2014 to benefit: the families of Plumas County. Everyone is invited i to show support and attend. The event will be held Oct. i 11 from noon to 5 p.m. at the ', Elks Lodge BPOE No. 1884, 2004 E. Main St. in Quincy. I Admission is $15 for singles with toys, and $20 for couples with toys. Toys and donations are welcomed. Lunch will be served 1 - 3 p.m.; a full bar will be available, along with live music and prize giveaways. For more information contact Eric at 820-2414, Russ at 927-7975 or the Elks Lodge at 283-1680. from r,