April 2012 - Sierra Scoop Column

During a recent Board meeting, the Supervisors learn that “so far, so good” when it comes to the County’s budget. Spending appears to be on track and the forecast is that no department is headed to go over budget.

Board reserves were expected to fall to zero (or more) this coming year, but a windfall of almost $800,000 from the finalization of the recent Mammoth Mountain Ski Area property tax reassessment has helped the bottom line. Of course, this is a one-time infusion from the MMSA or belt tightening needs to continue.

If the County is able to further weather the storm as our recession continues and the State cuts back on its funding, then we may be able to stay about the same funding level that we currently are at. The County still does appear to be holding its own unlike many other counties in California.

As the County approaches the end of its fiscal year in July, time will tell if the outlook is as rosy at it appears at this time. Stay tuned for more and if you like dry reading, take a few moments and look over the mid-year budget at http://www.monocounty.ca.gov/departments/auditor/auditor.html.

If you have any question or comments for me, feel free to contact me at tim@monocounty.info.

To see topics that are being debated in our County, visit www.monocounty.ca.gov and click on “Board of Supervisors Agenda”. Contact your Supervisor, they work for you! District 1, Larry Johnson, ljohnston@mono.ca.gov. District 2, Hap Hazard, hap04@msn.com. District 3, Vikki Bauer, vbauer@mono.ca.gov. District 4, Tim Hansen, thansen@mono.ca.gov. District 5, Bing Hunt, bhunt@mono.ca.gov.