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Budget Passed Without Addressing Much of State’s Debt
The Legislature, today, passed the 2013-14 state budget – a budget that was negotiated among Democrats and with limited public review. The main budget measure – Assembly Bill 110 – passed with only partisan support by a vote of 28 to 10.
“The biggest goal of the Legislature should be to get control of the budget,” said State Senator Jim Nielsen (shown left) (RGerber). “But that has not happened. There are built-in cost increases that have not been addressed.”
IN THE NEWS
Youth Falls Asleep, Car Leaves
JOHNSON PARK - Jeff Berlt, 17, of Burney died from injuries sustained at 12:50 a.m. Saturday. His 2008 Toyota Tahoe crossed from the eastbound lanes onto the North shoulder of Highway 299 at the corner of North Vallejo, went over a steep 20 foot embankment and hit a pine tree.
He was taken by ambulance to Mayers Memorial Hospital in Fall River Mills where he died from his injuries.
He was thought to have just dropped his girlfriend off and fell asleep.
Mayers Honors Two of Their
Fall River Mills - Mayers memorial Hospital District recently honored two employees in the Emergency Department for their outstanding service. Doroth Hutchison was presented with Paramedic of the Year and Don Chaix was presented with EMT of the Year.
Hutchison has worked at Mayers for over 30 years and began her career as a CNA. She became an EMT in the fall of 1983, continued with her EMT 2 and became an OVN in 1995. She completed her paramedica course in 1996 and has been in that career ever since.
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LAFCO Passes Budget Okays A.C.I.D. Project
By Loretta Carrico-Russell
Mountain Echo reporter
The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) passed its 2013- 2014 budget last week after three month’s delay and a lengthy discussion. In April, the LAFCO finance committee presented a draft budget for consideration with proposed cuts to various areas in lieu of recommended rate increases. The commission directed its executive officer, Amy Mickelson, to find additional funding sources to meet LAFCOs goals and statutory requirements.
Mickelson came up with the additional $30,000 for consultant costs in completing the municipal service reviews (MSR) for the independent special districts.
At the April meeting the commission also voted to reverse its 2001 decision of exempting certain districts, such as cemetery, hospital and irrigation districts, from the MSR requirement.
Mickelson said it was difficult to determine the true costs for first time MSRs and subsequent MSRs because of the different services each district provides.
The law requires that MSRs be updated every five years, “as needed,” explained LAFCO counsel Jim Underwood.
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