September 2012 - Sierra Scoop Column

 “The County is doing so much better than other counties”. I’m not sure about you, but statements like this do not leave me with a warm and fuzzy feeling. The County’s budgets have been decreasing since 2009. It was ~$74 million in 2009-2010, ~$72 million in 2010-2011, ~$64 million in 2011-2012 and now ~$71 million in 2012-2013 (actual).

Our senior program known as IMAAA is no more. This joint program between Inyo and Mono Counties has been replaced by ESAAA. While the name has changed so has the way the funds are split. Mono County will be getting a significantly lower portion of the money. While most of our senior programs are based in the Antelope Valley, the entire County will be affected. Mono County has supplemented this program for several years (~$160,000 this year) and the Supervisors must step up and fill the gap otherwise many Seniors that rely on the lunch or meals-on-wheels will be left holding an empty bag!

Property tax bills are arriving shortly and that means increases (Prop 13 limit 2%). Because the housing market continues to spiral downward, one would think so should your tax bill. Prop 8 allows you to challenge the value of your property. If you bought in the height of the housing boom, you may be eligible for a decrease. The Tax Assessor has automatically adjusted many properties on its own (great job!) but may have missed you. If you KNOW your value has decreased, contact the Tax Assessor’s office. Filing for a Prop 8 tax adjustment can only be done in a specific timeframe, protect your rights and file under Prop 8!

On August 4th, a memorial service was held for Dianne Evans (The Flower Lady). The turnout was tremendous. The laughter and joy that Dianne brought to so many, out ways the tears and sadness due to her passing. We will miss you Dianne!