Supervisors to finalize budget plans

Union Democrat staff

PUBLIC MEETING: Calaveras County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. regular meeting, 2 p.m. budget hearing, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas.

Calaveras County supervisors will begin a new round of budget hearings Tuesday afternoon before a vote likely to come later this month on the financial plan good through next June.

The biggest changes from the preliminary budget adopted in June are likely to come within the realm of the Sheriff's Department. A deputy position was added in July to backfill a position transferred to assist the Probation Department with AB 109 supervision duties.

Unexpected federal funding of $69,580 dedicated to easing the burden on local government from an inability to collect property taxes on federal public lands such as the Stanislaus National Forest helped to fund that move.

In addition, supervisors committed last month to a plan that moves the Animal Services Division out from under the Sheriff's Department umbrella back to the Environmental Management Agency. The transition comes with a $184,541 price tag for this budget year.

In other business, the board will take a vote on a $1.25 million contract with Dokken Engineering for environmental and engineering services related to the Highway 4 Wagon Trail realignment project between Copperopolis and Angels Camp.

It is also expected to take a final vote on a controversial noise ordinance after nodding its approval to an amended version of the regulation at its last meeting on Aug. 28.

The board is also slated to give a name to the new road recently constructed behind Government Center, which leads to the jail and sheriff's office complex due to be completed next year.

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