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Holiday Closure
June 30, 2012
On Wednesday, July 4th, most county offices will be closed in observance of Independence Day.
Board Takes Several Actions During Budget Hearings
June 29, 2012
During the Fiscal Year 2012-2013 budget hearings, the Sutter County Board of Supervisors avoided some projected layoffs, cut hours at libraries and the museum, restored funding for two more deputies, saved the wildlife trapping program, and cut its own travel budget.

Budget hearings were conducted June 25 and June 26 at the Veteran's hall in Yuba City.

The Board of Supervisors conducted hearings on an overall FY 2012-2013 budget of $243 million, with a General Fund budget of $57 million, which is an 8.3% reduction from last year. The FY 2012-2013 General Fund budget is 23 percent below FY 2008-2009.

The General Fund is comprised largely of property tax and sales tax revenue. While sales tax revenues picked up in the past year, property tax revenues continued to decline.

The CAO's original proposed budget included recommendations for six layoffs; however, layoffs will occur in just three positions: Assistant Director of Community Services, Account Clerk III in the Auditor-Controller’s Office, and half time Office Assistant II in the Farm Advisor's Office.

Layoff notices were extended to August 24th for the latter two positions because the incumbents may qualify for some current vacancies in other departments within the County. The Board chose to retain funding for an Executive Secretary in the County Administrative Office who was originally slated for layoff, pending recommendations from the new County Administrator.

Prior to budget hearings, all 21 employees of the Assessor's Office agreed to take a voluntary 5% furlough in order to avoid a layoff in that department.

In Community Services, an Office Assistant III retired to save the job of a less senior Office Assistant whose position was to be eliminated.

The Board of Supervisors:

  • Restored funding to two of three vacant deputy sheriff's positions recommended to be frozen.
  • Avoided a layoff of a library technician and kept the Rio Oso branch library open as the result of an agreement with Brown School.
  • Cut hours at the main library, and the Rio Oso, Sutter and Live Oak branch libraries. The Pleasant Grove library branch will close.
  • Agreed to utilize Transit Occupancy Tax receipts to restore funding for the County's wildlife trapping program. The program is aimed at trapping feral pigs, beaver, mountain lions and other wildlife that damage agricultural crops.
  • Reduced hours at the Community Memorial Museum.
  • Cut the Board's travel budget from $25,000 to $15,000.
  • Agreed to continue funding the Yuba-Sutter Economic Development Corp. at $52,000.
New Boat Launch Fees at Four Sutter County Boat Launch Facilities Effective July 1
June 29, 2012
Sutter County's new fee structure for use of any of four boat launch facilities on the Feather and Sacramento rivers becomes effective July 1.

Boaters who launch from the Tisdale Boat Launch on the Sacramento River, or the Live Oak Park Boat Launch, Yuba City Boat Launch or Boyd's Pump Boat Launch on the Feather River will be required to pay a $5 day use fee at a drop box located at the facility, or to the caretaker in the case of the Live Oak Park.

Alternatively, boaters can purchase annual permits. The cost is $50 for county residents, $100 for non-residents. Annual permits for the remainder of 2012 will be $25 for county residents and $50 for non-residents.

An online Application for Annual Permits  is available.

Applications can also be acquired at the Public Works Department, 1130 Civic Center Blvd., Yuba City. Call 530-822-7450 for additional information.

In accordance with action by the Sutter County Board of Supervisors, seniors and the disabled will not be charged boat launch fees. A "senior" is defined as someone 65 years of age or older, and must have identification. A "disabled" person must have a vehicle with a valid state-issued disabled person parking placard or license plate.

Sutter County DA Carl Adams Heads California District Attorneys Association
June 29, 2012
Sutter County District Attorney Carl Adams was installed June 28 as president of the California District Attorneys Association (CDAA).

Mr. Adams, recently elected to his ninth term, has been a prosecutor for 35 years, and District Attorney for 30 years, since 1982.

In addition to providing peer-to-peer continuing education for prosecutors, the CDAA is an advocate in the California Legislature for crime victims and community safety.

Mr. Adams said a major focus of the CDAA this year will be to fight expected ballot measures to repeal the death penalty in California and to soften the "three-strikes" law.

"In the Legislature, the Trial Lawyers Association and the American Civil Liberties Union provide a constant drone of voices in support of reducing criminal punishment, increasing prisoner rights and providing counseling instead of consequences to criminal violators at all levels,” Mr. Adams said. “CDAA members are the experts on criminal justice who provide a voice of reason for the Legislature explaining the real, but often unidentified and unintentional consequences of legislative proposals, and speaking on behalf of crime victims and community safety."

Mr. Adams said CDAA is working hard to assist counties in creating intelligent policies at the local level to deal with the realignment proposals adopted by the State of California which send hundreds of felons, formerly housed in the Department of Corrections, to the counties for housing in local jails or supervision while on the streets in the community. As the State's actions were clearly driven in large part by the budget issues, financing is a major problem.

There will be a tax proposal on the November ballot, sponsored by Governor Jerry Brown to provide funding for realignment and CDAA will be supporting that measure so that there will be a chance for the counties to be able to pick up this burden effectively and keep communities safe.

The installation occurred at the CDAA Summer Conference in Napa County.

Mountain Men at Museum
June 28, 2012

The Community Memorial Museum offers its annual Summer Vacation Children’s Program with the Sierra Muzzleloaders’ Mountain Men re-enactor’s group. The mountain men will set up their encampment in Howard Harter Park behind the Museum to show visitors what life was like 200 years ago in the rugged mountains of the West. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. on July 12th, 2012, the authentically costumed mountain men will demonstrate time-honored survival skills, such as starting a fire and making arrowheads for hunting. Children and grownups alike will learn what life was like for those rugged and solitary trappers and hunters who helped to push the western boundaries of our expanding country.

Policy Shift: Healthy Feral Cats Will Not Be Accepted, Euthanized At Sutter County Animal Shelter
June 19, 2012

The Sutter Animal Services Board of Directors on Monday unanimously approved new strategies to reduce the use of euthanasia on healthy cats and improve the number of animals adopted at the Sutter County Animal Shelter.

Beginning September 1, Animal Control officers will stop picking up healthy cats in the field and will not accept healthy feral cats brought to the shelter.

The shelter staff will continue to pick up unhealthy cats in the field and to accept unhealthy cats and healthy, adoptable cats that are brought in to the shelter.

The SASA Board’s decision was based on recommendations by Dr. Kate Hurley, the director of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, which has been hired by SASA to help develop policies to improve shelter operations, reduce the use of euthanasia and increase adoptions.

Recommended Sutter County Budget for Fiscal Year 2012-2013
June 13, 2012
One library branch may be spared as Board sets Budget Hearings, orders layoff notices to four Sutter County employees

The Sutter County Board of Supervisors directed layoff notices be sent to four County employees after the presentation of the 2012-2013 Recommended Budget at its meeting Tuesday.

Two layoffs were averted. A tentative deal was announced between Brown School and Sutter County to keep the Rio Oso branch library open to the public on a limited basis, so a layoff notice was not sent to any library staff.

Another layoff was averted when a senior office assistant in Community Services announced retirement, saving the job of a less senior co-worker.

The Board of Supervisors set Budget Hearings for 9 a.m. on Monday, June 25, and Tuesday, June 26 at Veteran's Hall, 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City. Additional hearing days may be called if necessary.

Although Sutter County remains in better financial condition than many inland California counties, General Fund revenues are stagnant.

The Pleasant Grove and Rio Oso branch libraries would close to the public, the main library in Yuba City would close one hour earlier during weeknights, the Sutter and Live Oak library branch hours would be reduced by eight hours per week each, and the Community Memorial Museum would reduce public hours by eight hours per week under the Recommended Budget.

The budget recommendations include eliminating four filled positions and freezing funding for 60 vacant positions.

General Fund revenues, which rely largely on property and sales tax, have been declining since the recession began in 2008, and are expected to remain stagnant in FY 2012-13. The Recommended FY 2012-2013 General Fund Budget of $56.9 million is 10 percent below last year's budget, and 23 percent below the budget for Fiscal Year 2008-2009.

The recommended overall county budget of $247.8 million, which includes both the General Fund and all county services and programs funded by the state and federal governments, is actually a 13.4 percent increase from FY 2011-2012—the result of additional state funding for the Criminal Justice Realignment program, which requires counties to house some convicted felons in the County Jail rather than state prison.

Sutter County Administrative Officer Stephanie J. Larsen predicted that General Fund revenues are not likely to improve in the short term. Although California's coastal counties are seeing modest increases in property values and job creation, inland counties such as Sutter are still lagging behind the state and the nation economically.

Sutter County's unemployment rate has stayed stubbornly high, rising from 13.4 percent in March 2008 to 22 percent in March 2010, and remaining above 20 percent ever since.

Sales tax revenues increased this year, but that increase was not enough to overcome another drop in property tax revenues.

Historically, Sutter County has budgeted conservatively, not adding programs and services in good financial years. This allowed the County to develop a reserve fund in excess of $25 million—or about 35 percent of the General Fund budget, in FY 2008-2009. The CAO’s recommended budget includes drawing down an additional $1.36 million in reserves, leaving a remaining reserve balance of approximately 14.1% of the recommended General Fund budget.

The six positions recommended for lay-off include an account clerk in the Auditor-Controller's Office, the executive secretary in the County Administrative Office, the Assistant Director of Community Services, an office assistant in Community Services, an office assistant in the Farm Advisor's office, and two half-time library technicians.

The Museum Director/Curator and the Assistant Curator at the Community Memorial Museum would have their workweek reduced by 20 percent.

Recommended Sutter County Budget for Fiscal Year 2012-2013
June 08, 2012
Recommended Sutter County Budget Would Close Two Branch Libraries in South County, Reduce Hours at Remaining Libraries and Museum

Although Sutter County remains in better financial condition than many inland California counties, General Fund revenues are stagnant and the Board of Supervisors will consider closing two south Sutter County library branches when budget hearings commence June 25.

The branch libraries in Pleasant Grove and Rio Oso would close, the main library in Yuba City would close one hour earlier during weeknights, the Sutter and Live Oak library branch hours would be reduced by eight hours per week each, and the Community Memorial Museum would reduce public hours by eight hours per week under the Recommended Fiscal Year 2012-2013 budget released by the Sutter County Administrator's Office today.

The budget recommendations include eliminating six filled positions and freezing funding for 60 vacant positions.

The Board of Supervisors will conduct budget hearings at 9 a.m. on June 25 and June 26 at Veteran's Hall, 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City.

General Fund revenues, which rely largely on property and sales tax, have been declining since the recession began in 2008, and are expected to remain stagnant in FY 2012-13. The Recommended FY 2012-2013 General Fund Budget of $56.9 million is 10 percent below last year's budget, and 23 percent below the budget for Fiscal Year 2008-2009.

The recommended overall county budget of $247.8 million, which includes both the General Fund and all county services and programs funded by the state and federal governments, is actually a 13.4 percent increase from FY 2011-2012—the result of additional state funding for the Criminal Justice Realignment program, which requires counties to house some convicted felons in the County Jail rather than state prison.

Sutter County Administrative Officer Stephanie J. Larsen predicted that General Fund revenues are not likely to improve in the short term. Although California's coastal counties are seeing modest increases in property values and job creation, inland counties such as Sutter are still lagging behind the state and the nation economically.

Sutter County's unemployment rate has stayed stubbornly high, rising from 13.4 percent in March 2008 to 22 percent in March 2010, and remaining above 20 percent ever since.

Sales tax revenues increased this year, but that increase was not enough to overcome another drop in property tax revenues.

Historically, Sutter County has budgeted conservatively, not adding programs and services in good financial years. This allowed the County to develop a reserve fund in excess of $25 million—or about 35 percent of the General Fund budget, in FY 2008-2009. The CAO's recommended budget includes drawing down an additional $1.36 million in reserves, leaving a remaining reserve balance of approximately 14.1% of the recommended General Fund budget.

The six positions recommended for lay-off include an account clerk in the Auditor-Controller's Office, the executive secretary in the County Administrative Office, the Assistant Director of Community Services, an office assistant in Community Services, an office assistant in the Farm Advisor's office, and two half-time library technicians.

The Museum Director/Curator and the Assistant Curator at the Community Memorial Museum would have their workweek reduced by 20 percent.

Cat Population Fills Sutter County Shelter
June 04, 2012

The Sutter County Animal Shelter is at capacity and will be limiting the number of cats it will receive as the community cat population increases with the spring and summer months.

“We are at, or constantly near, capacity, and we are announcing that there will be periods of time when we will not be accepting new cats at the shelter,” said Bob Clary, Interim Animal Services Manager. “In these situations, we actively network with multiple organizations to find fostering arrangements. Networking often takes a day or two to reduce the volume. Until then, if we took additional cats in, it would require having to euthanize healthy, adoptable cats that have been with us. We want to give as much of an opportunity as possible for the cats to find their next homes. Euthanasia is a last resort when all other options have been exhausted.”

Summertime Starting Times Change for Board of Supervisors Meetings
June 04, 2012
Effective April, 2012, the Board of Supervisors began meeting twice monthly rather than weekly. Regularly scheduled meetings begin at 6 p.m.; however, on May 22, 2012, the Board of Supervisors adopted a Resolution establishing an earlier starting time for its summer meetings. The meetings of June 12, July 10, July 24, and August 14 shall be held at 3 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors has scheduled two special meetings, for budget hearings, on June 25 and June 26 at 9 a.m. each day. The budget hearings will be conducted in the Veterans Memorial Hall, 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City.

The remainder of the scheduled meetings in August 28, September 11, September 25, October 9, October 23, November 6, November 20, December 4, and December 18 will be conducted at 6 p.m.

All regular meetings occur at the Sutter County Hall of Records, 466 Second Street, Yuba City, CA, unless the meeting is canceled or the location is changed by Board action. Board meetings are open to the public. Occasionally, the Board of Supervisors will schedule study sessions for dates on which they do not have a regular meeting. See the Board Agenda for more details.

Recommended Budget Expected June 8, and Budget Hearings Scheduled for June 25 and June 26
June 04, 2012

The Recommended Budget for Fiscal Year 2012-2013 is expected to be available on Friday, June 8, and will be posted to the County’s website.

The Board of Supervisors has scheduled two special meetings, for budget hearings, on June 25 and June 26 at 9 a.m. each day. The budget hearings will be conducted in the Veterans Memorial Hall, 1425 Veterans Memorial Circle, Yuba City.