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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 5A VOTE, from page 1A problems and that the financial risks and uncertainties outweigh the possible benefits of forming a new state of Jefferson." Supervisors Terry Swofford and Jeff Engel have supported Jefferson. Swofford's resolution read in part: "Now, therefore, it is hereby declared that the Plumas County Board of Supervisors hereby conditionally approves withdrawing Plumas County from the State of California and starting over by forming a new state which represents the needs, provides opportunity, and protects the rights, liberties, public health, and safety of the people of a new State of Jefferson; said approval to withdraw being conditioned upon the approval of the voters of Plumas County in the June 2016 primary election by advisory vote." Supervisors Kevin Goss and Sherrie Thrall have repeatedly said they wanted to wait for more information before rendering a decision. But Thrall said during an Oct. 2 interview the potential $60,000 price tag to put it on the June primary ballot A running "State'ment East Quincy resident Steve Ward runs over Cemetery Hill on Wednesday morning, Sept. 30, carrying a California state flag. Ward said he is a member of the "Keep it California" group. The group is against the movement calling for northern counties to secede from California to create a new state called "Jefferson." Ward has also been holding the flag near the county courthouse in the afternoons. He said he has received a lot of support from people passing by. "Sometimes they honk or just drive by and give me a thumbs-up," Ward said. Photo by Dan McDonald concerned her. To read about the Oct. 6 discussion and decision visit plumasnews.com and see next week's issue of the newspaper for a full accounting of the meeting as well as what happens next. HALLOWEEN, from page 1A Harry Potter related activities including a stuffed animal adoption center, wand shop and a 'sorting' ceremony. Similar to the book series, trick-or-treaters will be sorted into various Hogwarts houses, like Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff, based on their answers to different questions. Participants will also be offered 'passports' stamped by local businesses for a prize. "Ann and Alexis have been attending Feather River College for the past three years and wanted to find a way to get the entire town involved in one event," said Lisa Keny, who helped organize the festivities. For more information, email quincyhalloween@gmail.co m or call (408) 560 - 8651. And, the scary fun doesn't end there .... The Quincy Parent Cooperative Organization is hosting the annual Fag Fest at Quincy Elementary School, from 2 to 4 p.m., Oct. 31. Admission is free and tickets for carnival play will be available for purchase. Organizers said there will be a costume contest, an Breanah Braswell points to supplies necessary in building a scarecrow. It's part of the Quincy High School student's senior project to help decorate the town with a Halloween flair. Photo submitted old-fashioned cakewalk andA Halloween Youth Dance several fun booths. Money is set at the Plumas-Sierra raisedhelps fund school County Fairgrounds, from 7 assemblies and field trips, to 10 p.m. on Oct. 31. In addition, fifth-graders Costumes are optional and are planning a bake sale at parents are welcome. the fest and sixth-grade Kids get in for $3 and students will sell there's no charge for adults concessions. Proceeds from willing to chaperone. For both support the school's more information, call Watershed Program. 283-3302. BUDGET, from page 1A - Mapping computer for assessor: $2,500; - Facility services projects: $205,205; - Information technology: $11,500; - Records management server: $7,500; - Vehicle for district attorney's office: $24,000; - Computer for engineering: $1,300; - Truck for ag commissioner: $39,902; - Laptop computer for planning department: $2,000; - Training for assessor's personnel: $4,000; - Museum brochures: $3,OOO; - Museum roof phase III: $12,509; - To balance the sheriffs budget: $175,000; - Set aside for litigation and uncertainties: $100,000; - Pentamation (accounting software) replacement: $300,000; and - ADA compliance: $25O,OO0. Susan Scarlett, the county's budget consultant, repeatedly warned the supervisors throughout the process that one-time funding should not be used for ongoing costs. Therefore, although some departments requested new positions, those were not considered in allocating the supplemental funds. Requests for new positions were mostly delayed until the mid-year budget review and affected the museum, as well as the planning, building and facility services departments. Other issues that surfaced during the budget hearings included the need for fee studies, the annex fire alarm, a vehicle for the farm advisor, the museum's. utility bills and the need to update and analyze the list of the county's vehicles. Even though the departments submitted status quo requests, the new budget reflects $1.4 million more in payroll than last year. That can be attributed to new positions and the fact that even though employees haven't received a cost of living increase; they still receive pay raises based on longevity, and their benefits packages continue to increase. For example, a new county employee receives a 5 percent pay increase each year for the first five years of employment and then moves into stepped increases thereafter. Following the budget's adoption, Supervisor Sherrie Thrall said the budget process was more difficult this year because departments have been operating with minimum staffing levels for a while and many do need additional people. "Unlike many other areas in California our economy has not seen a huge recovery, so basic county revenues are relatively flat, yet the needs continue to grow," she said. Despite the inability to hire more people, Thrall said she was pleased that the board was able to fund facility projects because "deferred maintenance ultimately leads to increased costs when major repairs result." Thrall also discussed the board's contribution to the sheriff. "I am also pleased that we were able to fund the Sheriffs Department at a good level as I believe public safety is the highest priority of county government," she said. Supervisor Lori Simpson concurred with Thrall. "We were able to fund the Sheriff this year close to what he requested; I think we were all happy about coming to an agreement on that." As for requests that weren't funded in the budget, both Thrall and Simpson said they hope to add positions in the building and planning departments when finances allow, and Simpson wants to fund economic development efforts. Simpson commended the county's consultant for her work on the budget. "Budget Officer Susan Scarlett does an excellent job from beginning to end, presenting where we are at with funds available, an information with the last few years' revenues and expenditures, presenting the budget gap, and how we can work to fill it," Simpson said. Riohard IC StookWnFrom cars to trucks and State, Farm Agent 65 W. Main Street motorcycles to RVs, let Quincy, CA95971 State Farm Bank*finance or Bus: 530-283-0565 refinance all your vehicles CALL ME TODAY FOR MORE INFORMATION ON OUR COMPETITIVE RATES. 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