Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mariposa County 2011 Year in Review - March

A month by month look back at the top stories for 2011: March 2011.

Other months:
January 2011 - February 2011 - March 2011 - April 2011 - May 2011 - June 2011

July 2011 - August 2011 - October 2011 - November 2011 - December 2011

March 1, 2011 Mariposa County Board of Supervisors (BOS) Meeting - Mid Year Budget Review (With Audio)
Sales and TOT taxes are up with Property taxes holding their own. A lot of expenses are coming down the road.
The CAO says "we are doing okay." The Public Works Department is operating at a loss. They are $18,000 in the hole at the Transfer Stations. Solid Waste is an Enterprise Fund. Supervisor Bibby mentions that in an audit report it shows a shortfall of $1,600,000 to close the landfill and the Public Works Director needs about $1,000,000 annually to make ends meet at the landfill. Supervisor Kevin Cann mentioned that a couple of weeks ago they were told that the landfill was running $200,000 behind. The yearly payment at the landfill for the Compactor is $134,000 but some of this might be equipment. Public Works Director Allen Toschi said they robbed Peter to pay Paul and said they are about $200,000 short.
The CAO mentions that no General Fund dollars have been spent on Solid Waste before. It was mentioned that the county does not have enough money in the Workers Comp reserve. $275,000 was put in this year. They should have around $3,000,000 in this reserve and they have about $1,800,000 to $1,900,000 in the fund. The CAO said we do continue to carry a significant unfunded pension liability and that it is not a viable option to issue pension obligation bonds. The county is over $17,000,000 in unfunded liability to CalPERS at 7.75%. They discuss bonding the money. Outlook for next year (2011-2012). Mr. Benson mentions that this year they tapped into the piggy bank to balance the budget by borrowing $250,00 from the POV fund of $2,000,000, not putting $180,000 into the vehicle depreciation fund and not fully repaying about $120,000 to the Tobacco Settlement Fund. The fund has about $900,000 in it. The Building Department may still be in the red for this year and last year was loaned $188,000. CalPERS is going up about $300,000 for next year and the new county agreements with the four unions of $37.00 a month per employee for health benefits will cost the county about $100,000 yearly. Supervisor Bibby mentions Tourism and ongoing maintenance on buildings and setting dollars aside when CalPERS is super funded. Big bills are coming such as the $1,600,000 for the closure at the landfill, $1,100,000 to Workers Comp, Risk Management Liability at $26,000, buildings at $325,000, roads needing $1,700,000 a year in maintenance to keep them just how they are and a cemetery replacement.

The Students and Families of Mariposa Kiwanis Preschool had a Busy First Week of March 2011

March 8, 2011 Mariposa County Board of Supervisors (BOS) Meeting (With Audio)
The Auditor
Mr. Davis talks about OPEB and GASB rulings. The program is currently $24,000,000 unfunded (These are retiree health benefits dollars that are due to retirees not the unfunded pension liability to CalPERS that is at $17,500,000.) This will go on as Liabilities at a rate of about $2,000,000 a year. He said over time this will eat away at net assets as this continues to escalate. The CAO said it is a real liability and it is there but is only showing up because of a change in accounting rules. He said it needs to be dealt with at the county level.

A look at the Mariposa County Financial Audit for 2010
The County is required by State and Federal laws and regulations to make annual contributions to an account to finance closure and post closure care of the landfill. At June 30, 2010, cash and investments of $848,910 was held for funding purposes resulting in a deficit of $1,638,454 in the Solid Waste Closure fund. At June 30, 2010, there was a deficit in net assets of the risk management funds of $1,197,232. This deficit was the result of unfunded Workers’ Compensation of $1,197,869 and liability of $26,053 and insurance net assets of $26,690. Pensions: For 2007 the Unfunded Liability was at $10,053,056 and has steadily increased by millions of dollars over the years. As of October 2010 the Unfunded Liability is at $17,500,000. The county taxpayers pay CalPERS 7.75% interest on this money. Currently the payment is over $1,300,000 a year. The health benefits to the retirees: as of July 2008 the Unfunded Liability was at $24,640,613. The county could prefund this but prefers to pay this year by year. The net assets of the County at the close of the fiscal year were $59,997.746. Of this amount, $3,040,926 represents unrestricted net assets that may be used to meet ongoing obligations of citizens and creditors. $10,926,201 is restricted for specific purposes and $46,030,619 is invested in capital assets, net of related debt.

Coulterville Community Club Elects 2011-12 Officers And Board Of Directors At Annual Meeting

March 14, 2011 Mariposa County Board of Supervisors (BOS) Meeting
PUBLIC WORKSHOP to Consider General Plan Amendment No. 2008-63, the Catheys Valley Community Plan. Supervisor Bibby comments that we are back to where we were last June and she has reservations on the five acres parcel size. She did not support the tiny lots. Supervisor Turpin mentions the additional 350 - 450 hours needed for this document and will there be a request coming to the board to finance this. Kris Schenk mentions that $46,000 plus another $5,000 was authorized and has not all been spent, but two thirds of that has been spent but they will be back before the board for more money. Also the twenty four months was mentioned. This is another work program. Could be more workshops involved with this. Supervisor Turpin mentions that we cannot even put seals in a bathroom in Coulterville, that dollars are tight. Supervisor Bibby said we have to comply with state law. She said it is not the Planning Departments fault, they are carrying out direction from the community and the board. Outside Legal Counsel will look at this plan. Right now there is no moratorium right now on a project. Supervisor Cann mentions that no is really happy that is sitting here.

Mariposa County High School's Pride Of The Sierra Grizzly Band Will Represent California At The 10th Anniversary Tribute To 9/11 In NYC, November 10 & 11, 2011.

March 15, 2011 Mariposa County Board of Supervisors (BOS) Meeting (With Audio)
New Human Services Building Update. Jim Rydingsword during his power point presentation had budget numbers for the building. He mentions the status of the buildings that will be moved out of and it looks like the National Park will move workers into the Stroming Road building. Mr. Rydingsword mentions that no General Funds will be used and he mentions their funding sources. Twelve positions will be eliminated by attrition and retirement. They will also get lease money from Mother Lode Job Training and Mariposa County Child Support Department. Supervisor Cann mentions the Stroming Road building with GSA potentially taking over the building for the Park workers. He said the chance is probably over 90% and the potential for the community is huge. Mr. Rydingsword said there are 112 employees including Child Support and Mother Lode Job Training. The project is about 37,000 square feet with 3,500 square feet in the Family Treatment Center and there is room for expansion. All of the leases except for one have a provision for a notice to the landlord. The Stroming Road Building has a lease, but Yosemite is probably going to move in there and also has had other inquires from tenants who are interested in the building and the lease is through 2015.

Mariposa County March 2011 Snow Photos

MPUD Receives Over 4 Million Dollars In Grants From The California Department Of Public Health

MPUD And The Sierra Foothill Conservancy Acquire Land Adjacent To The Stockton Creek For Preserve And Trail

MCFD Fire Chief Attends Landmark National Volunteer Fire Service Summit

Mariposa County Fire Chief Jim Wilson presents an update on weather related outages in the area

March 2011 Snow photos in Mariposa County

March 22, 2011 Mariposa County Board of Supervisors (BOS) Meeting on the Sign Ordinance (With Audio)
Forty plus very interested business owners and residents attended a three hour (6:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.) workshop on updating the sign ordinance in Mariposa County. At the conclusion of the meeting it was decided by the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors to hold in abeyance any sign enforcement and for Supervisors Kevin Cann and Janet Bibby to come back in a month with more information about signage from local citizens and the Mariposa County Business Association members. A citizens committee may eventually be formed. Enforcement was mentioned during the presentation. Photos were presented of some of the signs that are in violation. Wayfinding signs and gateway signs were mentioned along with signs on vehicles. Staff mentioned that to be successful there needs to be enforcement by the BOS. Supervisor Jim Allen mentioned that back in January 2006 when the sign ordinance came before the BOS on enforcement three of the current supervisors were on the BOS and there was no resolution. Staff commented on the January 2006 meeting. A position was created for a part time code enforcement person in 2006, the person was trained and then left the county. The position then went unfilled. In 2007 and 2008 there was not a strong interest by the BOS in making this position a priority.
Thurston County, WA. is looking at the Mariposa County Agri-Tourism Ordinance and people in the video say this will keep people from starting businesses

March 22, 2011 Mariposa County Board of Supervisors (BOS) Meeting on User Fees (With Audio)
Supervisor Turpin would like the fees phased in and he is really concerned about this. He said Planning will not have to worry about their workload. On the Vote: 4-1 Supervisor Turpin votes no.

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