Calaveras leaders to adopt budget

Sean Janssen, The Union Democrat /

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors will vote Tuesday on adoption of a $136.8 million budget.

The budget will carry the county government through June 30 and as proposed, includes a $38 million general fund, mostly for operating expenses. Contingencies of almost $1.5 million provide the county a 4 percent cushion to meet possible unanticipated financial obligations.

The county has been operating on a preliminary budget approved in late June and unexpected revenues permitted the re-filling of some vacant positions in the proposed budget as well as capital expenditures. The board voted in budget hearings nearly two weeks ago to add back three sheriff's deputies and three new patrol cars on a narrow 3-2 vote.

Supervisors Tom Tryon and Merita Callaway voted against the move, citing a long-standing policy not to take on recurring expenses such as salaries with one-time revenues.

The board also agreed to add an appraiser-analyst to help the Assessor's Office ensure processing of unsecured property tax rolls, whichcover items such as boats and private airplanes.

The board will also consider a request from the Murphys Sanitary District to dispose of about 3,000 cubic yards of sewage sludge that had been improperly stored on district lands for the past decade at its Rock Creek landfill.

The district is under an order from the state's Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board to remove the sludge and properly dispose of it by Oct. 15.

The county stopped accepting such so-called "biosolids" about three years ago but may consider a one-time exception for the troubled district.

The Murphys Sanitary District budgeted $225,000 in its annual budget for removal of the sludge. General Manager Julio Guerra didn't say exactly how much might be saved when he first brought up preliminary discussions with Calaveras County Public Works to dispose of the sludge at an August meeting but did say the savings could be significant.

Guerra could not be reached for comment for this story.

In other business, the board is expected to:

• award a $101,228 contract to Central Striping Service of Rancho Cordova for traffic-lane striping on various county roads.

•award a $64,000 contract to George Reed Inc. for curb-ramp installation at the Highway 12-26 intersection in Valley Springs.

• adopt a resolution designating the nonprofit Calaveras Arts Council as the county's official arts agency and state-local partner eligible for state and federal grants.

• proclaim October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in Calaveras County.

• recognize Soroptimist International for 65 years of service in the county.

• commemorate the centennial anniversary of the incorporation of Angels Camp.

• adjourn to have a look at a newly completed parking lot that is part of a reconfiguration of the Government Center brought on by construction of the new Justice Center.

PUBLIC MEETING: Calaveras County Board of Supervisors, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas.

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