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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Supervisors prepare vehicle discount schedules for ballots

OROVILLE — Butte County Board of Supervisors unanimously placed an item on the November ballot to expand the abandoned vehicle exemption program as well as the related tax that funds the operation.

Development Services Director Paula Denluk presented the item to the board during its Tuesday meeting, detailing what the ballot measure for 10 years would look like and what it would mean if approved by voters.

“It’s really an integral part of our code enforcement program that is funded through this ballot measure that the resolution is referencing,” Daneluk said.

Denleuk said Butte County formed a joint power authority with Paradise, Biggs, Chico, Gridley and Oroville in 2003 to create a voter-approved tax that would allow the county to remove abandoned vehicles from roads and other locations. gives.

To fund the program, a $1 tax applies to vehicle registration, although an additional $3 applies for specified commercial vehicles. The program got a 10-year extension in 2012.

“We use it widely here in the county,” Denluk said. “We have about 450 vehicles that go through this program annually. Of those, 250 are cars that are left on the side of the road, or in other aspects, with the various disasters that we have in RVs, trailers, things like that. So we have some of them that we have seen going through this program on a motorcycle.”

Because of the tax included in the program, it has to go to voters every 10 years and requires two-thirds approval by voters to pass.

Supervisor Tammy Ritter asked Daneleuk if there was a way to add statistics to the text of the ballot, such as the average reduction of 450 vehicles per year.

Although the county can apply such information to the ballot measure, it cannot market the measure, Denleuk said.

Board chairman and observer Bill Connelly said he expected voters to support the measure. Ritter went on to approve the proposal and was supported by supervisor Doug Teeter. It was passed unanimously and will appear on the November 8, 2022 ballot.

According to the resolution, the county has closed more than 9,300 vehicles since it was initially implemented.

There was no public comment on the item.

other business

In addition to approving the ballot to expand the abandoned vehicle exemption program, the board took the following action:

  • Supervisor Doug Teeter brought an item before the board to send another letter to Judge John Trotter, who oversees the Fire Victims Trust, created after a series of fires believed to be PG&E’s fault, To request information. During negotiations between board members, direction changed, requesting instead how much money the attorneys made who were brought in to represent the trust and instead requesting information from the bankruptcy judge instead of Trotter.
  • The board unanimously waived the first reading of the ordinance that allows the Butte County Sheriff’s Office to use military equipment as defined by the state of California.
  • American Pavement Systems, Inc. for a major sidewalk project. A $2.9 million contract with
  • The Board approved a $4.5 million contract with Chico’s Knife River Construction for the Pentz Road Rehabilitation Project.
  • Behavioral Health Director Scott Keneally asked the board to approve a contract with California Locum, PC for psychiatric services at a maximum cost of just under $2.3 million. The board unanimously approved the contract.
  • An agricultural update was submitted to the board and accepted for information.

The Butte County Board of Supervisors usually meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 9 a.m. in their chambers located at 25 County Center Drive, Suite 205 in Oroville. The meetings are free and open to the public.

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