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Grass Valley to tackle its 2013 budget

It’s all about the city’s budget at tonight’s meeting of the Grass Valley City Council.

Outside of presiding over oaths of office to two new officers on the Grass Valley Police Department and a long list of consent items not expected to incite debate, all four of the agendized public hearing items touch on the city’s budget in one way or another.

Foremost among them is a review of the proposed General Budget for the upcoming fiscal year.



The total proposed appropriations for fiscal year 2013-14 is nearly $28.5 million, including inter-fund transfers of $4,763,742, successor agency appropriations of $1,447,838 and the city’s revenue from its new sales tax, Measure N, according to the staff report on the matter.

Adoption of the budget requires approval from four of the five council members.




Also, the city is set to review its appropriations limits. A proposed change from the fiscal year 2012-13 limit of $17,855,654 to a fiscal year 2013-14 limit of $18,720,689, based on the percentage change in Grass Valley’s population and California’s per capita income, according to the staff report on the matter.

The city also slated to look at its fee schedule and a request that Nevada County levy and collect delinquent water and sewer service charges on the tax roll in the same manner as property taxes are handled. Grass Valley has used this option for sewer and water accounts where service cannot be discontinued as a collection method, according to the staff report on the matter.

“Since the county started using the teeter plan for the distribution of tax revenues, the city has been receiving sewer and/or water bills placed on the tax roll even if the property owner doesn’t pay the tax bill,” the report states. “The method is very effective and allows the city to collect charges from customers that have not made payment.”

The delinquent amount as of June 19 is $40,570. A list of the 110 customers, the amount owed, their address and their account status is attached to the staff report.

Grass Valley is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. today at City Hall, located at 125 E. Main St. The agenda and staff report can be found at http://cityofgrassvalley.com.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email crosacker@theunion.com or call 530-477-4236.


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