Steps taken by the Sutter County Board of Supervisors to renegotiate labor contracts will save the County close to $50 million over the next 20 years, according to an actuarial study conducted as part of a pension reform effort.
Actual value of the net savings from re-negotiated labor contracts over the 20-year period are $43 million for Miscellaneous group employees, and another $5 million for employees in Safety units, for combined savings of $48 million, according to Bartel Associates LLC, which conducted the actuarial study on behalf of Sutter County.
“This study shows that pension reform can provide significant savings for counties and local government,” said Board Chairman James Gallagher. “While there is more work to do, this is a significant step in the right direction.”
The Sutter County Tax Collector will begin accepting credit card, debit card and e-check payments online for the payment of current year secured and supplemental property taxes. A link to the online payment system will be found on both Sutter County’s home page, www.suttercounty.org and the Sutter County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s page, www.suttercounty.org/taxes.
The system will provide a secure means to allow taxpayers to pay their secured and supplemental property tax bills online beginning October 20, 2011, providing additional payment options beyond the current cash, check and guaranteed funds currently accepted at the counter and though the mail.
For those taxpayers who do not have access to the internet but wish to pay their taxes using a credit or debit card, a public terminal will be available in the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office located at 463 2nd Street, Yuba City during normal office hours.
As a reminder, the first installment of secured property taxes is due by the close of business December 12, 2011. All payments sent by mail must be postmarked no later than December 12, 2011. Online payments will be considered timely if payment processing is completed prior to midnight on December 12, 2011.
The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is hosting Aondreaa The Storytailor and Her Ghoul-Friends for a program called Halloween Graveyard Lit Night: Tales to Horrify and Delight on Friday October 21st. The performance begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Museum. Five spine-tingling tales will be presented. The program is suitable for middle school students through adults. Admission is free.
The Community Memorial Museum is located at 1333 Butte House Road in Yuba City. Regular open hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call the Museum at 822-7141.
The Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County is hosting a program with photographic consultant Allan Lamb about preserving old photographic images. In conjunction with the current museum exhibit, Clara Sheldon Smith, Art Photographer, Mr. Lamb will talk about the glass plate negatives used by Mrs. Smith, an early photographer working in the Marysville – Yuba City area about 1900. He will discuss some new facts that have come to light about the pioneering photography career of Clara Smith as a result of this exhibit.
Mr. Lamb, an award-winning photographer and certified framer himself, will include some history of the development of photographic processes and will demonstrate with various examples from early daguerreotypes up through modern photography. Because all photographic images deteriorate over time and over 160 years have passed since photography began, images in both public and family collections are in various stages of deterioration. Describing himself as being on a personal campaign to save our historic photography, he will share the latest information on how we can all help to preserve photographic images, whether they are old family photos in a drawer or in public collections.