Dixie Fire Settlement monies have hit the Plumas Supervisors desks, who now are tasked with deciding how those funds are to be spent.
During Tuesday’s board meeting, Debra Lucero, the CAO, briefed the supervisors on the breakdown of funds and clarified for the community the distinction between the multi-county 30 million dollar settlement and this newly settled 7.8 million awarded to the county.
Lucero said, “This is a separate settlement, one reached through the county counsel office for civil legal damage, staff and labor time, loss of revenue, and destroyed infrastructure,” are among the items listed.
Of these funds, Lucero said a portion will be held back for FEMA and CalOES reimbursements.
Lucero emphasized there are critical steps to be taken to ensure the funds are allocated properly, and those include establishing a clear policy on the use of the one-time funds, detailing a clear financial plan, and discussing and weighing all projects that can be recommended to the board.
The supervisors determined the conversation will continue to the board’s November 7th meeting to hear what projects the community and county wish to see completed with the funds, with possible adoption of the resolution to allocate the PGE funds by the 21st.