Auditor-Controller Marcia Salter was installed this past week as the president of the State Association of County Auditors at the 104th Annual Conference held in San Jose. She is the second Nevada County auditor-controller to hold this position, with the first being John “Tommy” Trauner some 40 years ago in 1974-75. Salter has served on various committees and in various positions with the association over the past 15 years.
The association membership includes the county auditors, controllers and finance officers of the 58 counties in California. The goals of the association are to promote the development of and the continued support for accounting and auditing practices in counties that are in accordance with the generally accepted accounting principles and auditing standard applicable to governmental agencies; to create a better understanding and utilization of legislation and its impact on the financial aspects of county governments; to establish and encourage communication and cooperation between the state and local governments in dealing with financial issues affecting county governments; to encourage the professional development of the organization and to promote a better public understanding of the services rendered.
2-1-1 Nevada County helps residents with open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act
2-1-1 Nevada County is a free, confidential information and referral service that is available 24/7 to anyone who calls from within Nevada County’s geographical borders. The service offers assistance in multiple languages and referrals to services that are accessible to all residents of the county utilizing a comprehensive computerized database of more than 1,282 nonprofit and public agencies at 1,739 different locations in Nevada County. Call specialists are trained to provide information and referrals with personalized attention to each caller. More information about 2-1-1 Nevada County can be found at http://211nevadacounty.org or by dialing 211 on your telephone.
2-1-1 Nevada County partnered with the County Department of Social Services during the recent open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act by organizing outreach events within the community and assisting in the enrollment of residents. 2-1-1 Nevada County recently released its third quarter call report covering Jan. 1 through March 31. Call data revealed that the organization received 1,311 calls and 3,256 unique website visits with over 21,459 page views during the third quarter. Health-care calls were the leading type of inquiry during this period, accounting for almost 400 calls. Utilization of 2-1-1 Nevada County during the period of open enrollment helped to alleviate the strain on county staff during this period of increased activity and continues to assist in the communication of information and linking of community resources to residents of Nevada County.
Small business fraud prevention seminar
The Auditor-Controller’s office is hosting a Fraud Prevention Seminar for the Small Business on May 8. This idea was spurred by a similar program held for the staff of the county departments in January.
“As fraud can and will affect each of us either directly or indirectly, it seemed that bringing this information to our business and nonprofit partners in the community would be a logical step to heighten fraud awareness and prevention,” County Auditor-Controller Marcia Salter said.
The seminar will feature knowledgeable presenters addressing topics such as how to detect counterfeit currency, guarding against loss from forgery of checks and money orders, protecting your business from loss outside and within your organization, business identity theft and credit/debit card fraud. There will be two sessions: the first from 8:30-10 a.m. in the Board of Supervisors Chambers, and the second from 2:30-4 p.m. in the Grass Valley City Council Chambers. For additional information, go to www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/auditor/docs/Fraud_Seminar_Flyer_May_8_2014.pdf.
Local farmers markets
In an effort to maintain the quality of local farmers markets, the Nevada County Department of Agriculture offered a training course to all certified farmers market managers in the county. The training took place on Monday, April 14, and was attended by five market managers, including two new managers. With the addition of the new market in Lake of the Pines, Nevada County will be offering 11 different markets that serve all portions of the county, including two markets in Truckee.
Certified farmers markets are organized specifically to connect producers directly with customers. The markets are certified by the state through the county agricultural commissioner. Producers who sell at certified farmers markets must be certified to ensure the products that they sell are grown by them.