August 2015 - Sierra Scoop Column

In the 18 years living in Mono County, plus an additional 9 years visiting, I have never seen so much rain as I have seen this summer. As welcomed as it was, the damage that was caused by such heavy rain falls makes me cringe at the thought. I guess with the good, one must take the bad that comes along for a ride.

Speaking of good and bad, here’s an update on this year’s Mono County budget, fiscal year 2015-2016. Assessor Beck has completed the property tax rolls and the good news is that it is up! This means more money for the General Fund. The bad news, according to Leslie Chapman, Finance Director, is that the County’s Employee medical costs are up over 21% and the retirement benefit cost (CalPERS) is up ~10% along with $300,000 - $500,000 less funds for our roads. By law the County has to have a balanced budget so the County is hard at work making it all work! Stay tuned!

For anyone that missed the Bridgeport Fourth of July parade and the festivities that go along with it, you missed out on another great time. As a participant in the parade for the past 3 years (along with up to 16 other ATV’s), it is really quite fun to see the kids of all ages, having such a great time. I hope to see you all at next year’s parade!

The 8th Annual Eastern Sierra ATV & UTV Jamboree in the Antelope Valley was another huge success. The event had a record number of riders this year and was the biggest and best ever! The Northern Mono Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the local residents for their cooperation while ~200 ATV’s and UTV’s were in the valley! Next year’s event is scheduled for June 14th-18th, 2016 (www.easternsierrajamboree.com).

The BOS finalized up the plans to limit large semi-trucks on Highway 108 west of the Marine Base. The issue is in the hands of CalTrans and signs will go up in the next few months. This limitation was implemented to reduce the “stuck truck” issue that would occur up to several times a year. Keep a look out for the new signs and limitations later this year.

The Bridgeport Valley “County Service Area #5 (CSA #5) currently has openings on this committee. If you would like to help out your community, now is the time to join this committee. It meets just once a month for about 2 hours. A small price to help out your community.