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Calaveras BOS Budget Hearings

The Calaveras County Board of Supervisors have closed final budget hearings for the 2019/2020 fiscal year and approved the 2019 Housing Element update of the county’s General Plan and The Housing Element.  Supervisors made one amendment to a section of the update related to a program “to provide fee reductions, fee waivers, deferral payments or installment payments for development and/or building fees on replacement projects” for people that lost structures in state or federally declared disasters.  The amendment was to extend the benefits of the program to those that lost structures during county-declared disasters, so as to provide those same benefits during emergency events not declared by the state and federal governments as disasters.   In other business, supervisors held the final budget hearing for the 2019/2020 fiscal year.  During hearings, disaster recovery spending over the past four years was at the center of the conversation.  The county’s spending on disaster response and recovery for 2019 (about $14.3 million) is up 2% from last year’s budget. The county has spent $22.3 million on recovery efforts following the 2015 Butte Fire (the bulk of expenses at $16.2 million), 2016 tree mortality epidemic, 2017 and 2019 winter storms, but it has only received $12.1 million in reimbursements from federal and state agencies.  The General Fund reserve is currently at $5.3 million, but it may be drawn upon to cover additional disaster recovery expenses in the future if an alternative funding source is not identified.  The final budget will come back to supervisors for adoption in the coming weeks.                                                                                        

Written by KVGC Staff

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