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$82k: County loans to fire dist.

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From page A1 | August 30, 2013 | 4 Comments

At Tuesday’s El Dorado County Board of Supervisor’s meeting, Auditor-Controller Joe Harn informed the board that the El Dorado County Fire Protection District needed a loan of $82,380.

“It’s unusual that this early in the year for a special district to need a loan,” he said at the meeting.

In a letter Harn sent to the board of the county fire district and also provided to the Board of Supervisors, he noted that, “Your district’s cash position in the General Fund probably will decrease significantly until the Dec. 10 property tax revenues have been posted.”

The memo went on to say that “The Government Code authorizes the county to make cash advances to special districts. Resolution Number 436-74, adopted in 1974, authorizes the County Auditor to make cash advances of up to 85 percent of the special district’s anticipated revenues, if the special district ‘banks’ in the County Treasury.”

Contacted for a comment, County Fire Chief Mike Hardy said that the deficit was no surprise and he remains “optimistic about what we’re doing.”

“We start our fiscal year in July but don’t get our property tax money until December,” he said, noting that the district doesn’t have the reserves to get them through the five dry months between July and December.

“But we are doing fine,” said Hardy, who added that he expects the district to come in under budget this year just as they did last.

EDCFPD’s budget for this year is $9.16 million with property taxes making up 79 percent of all revenues. Hardy said he expects property tax revenues to be unchanged from last year.

Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 or dhodson@mtdemocrat.net. Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.

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Discussion | 4 comments

  • SparkeyAugust 30, 2013 - 8:36 am

    How do they need a loan when we are paying the fire TAX/extortion fee??? I guess that once AGAIN our money is NOT going to where we were told.

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  • EldoradoAugust 30, 2013 - 9:20 am

    Didn't the new chief just report they had been spending $1 million dollars a year more than they took in for the past few years? Now he says they came in under budget....

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  • SaleemAugust 30, 2013 - 9:40 am

    Sparkey- I know you didn't mean to embarrass the hell out of yourself by not knowing anything about the tax your paying to CALFire, but in fact the money's you are required to pay for so called "fire tax" are going to CALFire, not El Dorado County Fire Department. Furthermore, you can thank the Governor of the State for imposing that fee since in fact it does go to the general fund, not into the pockets of CALFire. Anyways... You're like uneducated, so that's today's lesson. Here a foot, put it in your mouth!

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  • cookie65August 31, 2013 - 4:09 am

    $82,380 seems like a small yet SPECIFIC amount compared to the annual budget. Small enough were an itemized list of its exact purpose wouldn't be too difficult to produce. Wouldn't that be interesting? Does applying for a loan as a public agency not require a disclosure of where the shortfall is? $82k doesn't buy a whole lot these days.

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