LASSEN COUNTY BUDGET
Supervisors hold end-of-the-year Budget Meeting at 1:30?
Chapman was at the Post Office and arrived late again.
Chapman is telling the Probations Department Head that he would like the Ordinance for "fees" to be rushed through before he left office. Normally Chapman votes No on fees?
Lassen County Supervisors Approve the 2016/2017 Budget CAO Richard Egan warned the Board that even though the County was able to locate the money (in small over-budgeted accounts) to pay for all of the requests from Department Heads for new positions and pay increases, the County could not sustain this level of expenditures Egan warned the County Department Heads, in the audience, that there will be eliminations of positions if/when they are vacated. THEN....... KAN WE HELP MADE A PRESENTATION ! Kan We Help offered the evidence where Chapman and Egan placed large amounts of money in small accounts to be transferred "quietly" into personal projects of the Supervisors and their friends
CAO Richard Egan finalizes 2016/2017 Budget
CAO Richard Egan makes adjustments to small line items to
be able to fund the Department pay increases + Egan claims he will take a million dollars from the County's $10 million reserve
District Attorney claims that the Public Defender Department will be minimized with her new software program and suggested that no new positions be approved for the Public Defender
Supervisor Chapman bores the staff with 15 minutes of worthless trivia
Supervisor Chapman still managed to put $444,908 in Fund 127 for his elevator despite the County needing every penny left of the $4 million dollar loan to renovate the Riverside property.
Lassen County Pays the Volunteer Fire Departments
Firenet Fees Each Year
CHAPMAN WANTS TO CUT THAT BUDGET 10% so that the Volunteers will pick up 10% of the fees this year
......JUST BECAUSE HE CAN
and then get reimbursed the full amount .....?
STANDING ROOM ONLY, OVERFLOW IN HALLWAY
The meeting started late because Supervisor Chapman was late
Department Heads stood up for budget dollars. The District Attorney got her Victim Witness Advocate a teeny tiny raise and there was a brisk discussion between the Public Defender and the District Attorney. Veteran Services Officer continues to be underpaid and this has caused this position to be in a constant state of flux. (flux: staff quits) The County CAN DO BETTER BUT WON'T.
Kan We Help intends to expose every nook and cranny where the Supervisors hide large amounts of money in accounts no one would normally watch. Kan We Help is watching every penny.
Supervisor Chapman is told there is no money in Fund 169, the Tobacco Settlement Fund, to give to the HLVRA. Chapman suggests just taking it out of the General Fund.
The Auditor paid the first payment, $300,213.50 on the LCPIC $4,080,000 loan. The HLVRA asks for their $80,000 annual payment. This payment is made from the Tobacco Settlement Fund. There is no money to give to the JPA
The Road Department receives the State's "Road Fund Audit"
It was determined that money was improperly spent
There was discussion on how and when to pay it back
Discussion for pay increases for certain employees was continued from the last meeting. Controversy over how the pay steps would be initiated. As intimidation, CAO Egan stated that some positions may be eliminated to pay for increases?????
Supervisor Chapman Adjourned the Budget Meeting Early
Attend the Groundbreaking of the Community Pool
Chapman just needs to hand over the Budget Committee to someone else..........anyone else !!!!
Lassen County Budget Talks Begin
Kan We Help will be providing video of these meetings & watching every penny
The purpose of the initial Budget meeting (with a very somber County Administrative Officer Richard Egan who arrived late) was to look at new County positions and/or reclassification of employees for pay increases
Undersheriff John Mineau made the presentation for Sheriff Dean Growden who was not present. Mineau made it perfectly clear the Department needs to change if they want to keep staff. He stated that if a Deputy is promoted to Sergeant they would lose $100 in pay.
THAT'S JUST NOT RIGHT
Also, CAO Richard Egan announced that yet another Veterans Affairs Representative will be leaving.
Future meetings will be determined at the 6/21/16 Board of Supervisors meeting