Amador Grand Jury Releases Report

Amador Grand Jury Releases Report

The 2016-17 report of the Amador County Civil Grand Jury has been released, and it is highly critical of the way the Amador County Health and Human Services (HHS) department awards contract for services.  The majority of the report is focused on the process by which Amador HHS took contracts for services such as anti-drug youth programs that had previously been awarded to the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency and awarded the contracts to a new non-profit, Nexis Youth and Family Services.  The Grand Jury report contends that HHS showed bias and favoritism in awarding Nexis service contracts and deliberately changed the decision criteria to favor the organization, based on personal relationships.   The Grand Jury report has already met an angry response, with an attorney for Nexis denouncing the Grand Jury's investigation process before the Board of Supervisors after the report was presented to the Board.   The Grand Jury also investigated the County's prisons and jails, the bark beetle outbreak, and County Election procedures, but returned little to no criticisms of those topics.   The Board of Supervisors have also approved the County's budget for the upcoming 2017-2018 fiscal year.   Overall the budget raises and spends just under 40 million dollars on the year, up slightly from last year.  The County will maintain a 1.1 million dollar contingency fund.    While the County has seen increases in revenue from sales and property taxes, County Executive Chuck Iley warned of increasing retirement cost due to hit the County next year.

 

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