Thursday, September 1, 2011 Mariposa County Motor Fire (With Map)Spending My Summer At Coulterville PoolFarmers Almanac calls for Below Average precipitation for the upcoming Winter in Mariposa, CaliforniaDry, below normal precipitation with average temps.Mariposa County Branch 2 Fire2011 Early September Weather in Mariposa - Rain and WindJanet Bibby, District Three Supervisor for Mariposa County Addresses the Mariposa Democratic Club at their September 2011 MeetingSecure Property Tax came in at $4.9 million. That is down from the previous year of $5 Million. Sales Tax came in at $1.1 Million up from the previous year by $100,000 but down from a few years ago when $1.4 million was collected.Janet Bibby discuses the new budget and how they closed the $2 million dollar shortfall. She mentions a $489,000 loan to the Building Department but new revenue coming in is covering that amount of money. Solid Waste could be down $200,000. Sixth Street Cinema is requesting $5,000. This years budget is down 2.4% from last years budget. Janet Bibby is for a new top line hotel/convention center being built in Mariposa. She provides TOT (BED TAX) figures current and older. TOT came in at $10,664,788 this last budget year. Currently there are 410 County employees and 250 retirees. According to Mariposa County CAO Rick Benson the county employees are paid about 20% less than neighboring counties. She mentions her family history with property and what her ownership is. Janet Bibby owns two properties outright: 3.3 acres on Hornitos Road and 20 acres on Highway 140.Open House at the Human Services Center in Mariposa, CaliforniaAcorn Cooperative Preschool Sprouts Enjoy SunflowersMariposa County High School Grizzly Band News & Upcoming PerformancesIncreasing Water Storage on the Merced River Meeting Thursday, September 15, 2011 (With Audio)Local residents Ralph Mendershausen and Steve Smallcombe discussed the issues of Congressman Jeff Denham's Bill H.R. 869 and H.R. 2578 which would allow the raising of the Lake McClure water level to rise into the Wild and Scenic Merced River.
Hotel Jeffery Ledgers Return To Coulterville
Sierra Foothill Charter School Presentation before the Mariposa County Board of SupervisorsAt the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors (BOS) Meeting for September 20, 2011 Jill Harry, President and Chair of the Sierra Foothill Charter School gave a presentation to the BOS as her group pursues having a charter school in Catheys Valley. Jill Harry was also requesting that the BOS sign a Letter of Support to pursue having a charter school in Catheys Valley. After listening to the presentation the BOS on a unanimous 4-0 Vote with Supervisor Lyle Turpin excused approved signing a Letter of Support for the charter school.Mariposa County Board of Supervisors Meeting for September 20, 2011 (With Audio)Mount Gaines Mine PUBLIC HEARING to Consider Adoption of a Resolution Formalizing the Board of Supervisors’ Action on Appeal No. 2009-161, an Appeal of the Planning Director’s Determination that Amended Reclamation Plan No. 2009-149 is Incomplete for Processing. Amended Reclamation Plan Applicant, Property Owner and Appellant: Jack Bankhead. Outskirts Press, Inc. has published Shibaraku: Memories of Japan 1926-1946 by Mariposa resident Lucille ApcarYosemite National Park Continues Concession Contract with DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. for Visitor ServicesMariposa County Board of Supervisors Meeting for September 27, 2011 (With Audio)The Supervisors balance the Budget, hire people including a Sheriff Deputy even though there is a hiring moratorium and discuss the Parks and Recreation proposed User Fees. Adopt a Resolution Adopting Balancing Adjustments to the Fiscal Year 2011/2012 Adopted Budget Originally was out of balance by over $440,000+, now $398,000+. The BOS discuss Fund Balances. There is now a $190,000+ difference in the Fund Balance. Human Services Energy Grants added 134,000+ as there was no way else to pay for this without using the General Fund. (Ghost Funds are mentioned.) Former Auditor Chris Ebie was mentioned as knowing about this money. Supervisor Bibby mentions as an example a person charged $100 an hour for the energy program but reimbursement was only $80.00 an hour. The Auditor mentions that the loans to the Building Department are an issue and has to be resolved as another $135,000 will have to be added making the total debt to the General Fund at almost $500,000. Their revenue for this year is anticipated to be $350,000. They do not have the capabilities to pay back the money. They are not really loans and were not recorded properly in the beginning. The Auditor mentions these do not have to be Enterprise Funds. Neither the Building Department or the Land Fill are self sustaining. Mariposa County CAO Rick Benson mentions how they can balance the budget. One: Take $94,000+ from the I.T. Department using Tobacco Settlement funds and put in General Fund. Two: Take $250,000 from the money that was set aside years ago to pay down the CalPERS Unfunded Liability. Last year the BOS took money from this account to balance the budget. The CAO said by borrowing from these funds it is in the 'Spirit' of what these funds ($2,000,000) were set aside for. Three: Disaster Funding Budget transfer $54,000 from the fund to the General Fund. This will be repaid back to the County. This will balance the budget. Supervisor Bibby asks how much money is left in the Tobacco Settlement Fund? She also mentions that the Fire Stations are going over budget. There is about $196,000 in the Tobacco Settlement Fund right now. General Contingency Fund is around $380,000.Former Congressman George Radanovich files suit against new California congressional districts