Plumas Supervisors Set to Approve Operating Budget for First Time in Years: Key Public Hearing Today


For the first time in years, the Plumas Supervisors might begin the next fiscal year with an approved operating budget, and today’s meeting is a crucial step toward making that a reality.

The Board will review the county’s proposed $155.5 million budget. This includes $57.6 million in general funds and $6.6 million in unassigned funds, which the supervisors can allot as needed. The budget was posted for public review earlier this month.

A public hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. today, June 18, in the Supervisors Chambers of the Quincy Courthouse.

Here are a few of the proposed Budget Highlights:

– Fund Balance: Recommended at $6.9 million, down from $15.6 million last year, reflecting an $8.7 million decrease. Used for unforeseen expenses like medical costs, employee pay raises, and bi-county agreements.

– Unforeseen Expenses: Approximately $2 million was spent on accountants and software specialists for finance coordination.

– Tax Assessment Reduction: $466,926 reduction due to the loss of around 800 structures in the 2021 Dixie Fire.

– Board of Supervisors Budget: Increased to $800,586 from $650,874, mainly for supervisors’ salaries totaling $709,803.

– County Administrator’s Office: Proposed budget increase from $683,588 to $1,690,814, largely for unspecified services and supplies.

– General Services Account: CAO’s budget includes a separate $1.1 million account for general services.

CAO Lucero has also proposed a recommendation regarding the Dixie Fire Settlement. Lucero suggests using $400,000 from the $7.8 million settlement to hire a long-term recovery coordinator, though this is not identified as part of the proposed budget.

After today’s public hearing, the 502-page document will be finalized at a special meeting of the supervisors on June 25.

The recommended 2024-2025 budget is available on the county’s website for your review.