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Budget adopted by CPCSD board

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From page A1 | June 24, 2013 | 12 Comments

A tentative budget for the next fiscal year was adopted by the board of the Cameron Park Community Services District (CPCSD) at its meeting Wednesday night. The budget was approved on a 4-0 vote with board member Shiva Frentzen absent.

Revenues for the district are projected at $5.14 million and expenditures at $5.26 million for the 2013-14 fiscal year. The deficit of $113,290 will be made up using the surplus from this year’s budget.

Property taxes were projected to remain flat in the coming year with only a modest rise in revenue from program fees, special events and facility rentals. The Community Center continues to be the biggest drain on the budget with a projected loss of $185,448 by the end of the 2013-14 fiscal year.

Some of the changes considered in the new budget were fire personnel costs, which are projected to increase by five percent due to the end of furloughs. Health benefits were assumed to increase 10 percent and the CalPERS contribution rate is expected to go from 19.185 percent to 20 percent.

A staff report on the budget also mentioned that in July a meeting has also been scheduled to discuss a possible bond restructure.

Issues not included in the budget that could increase the deficit were the unfunded liability for retirement health care costs; a capital improvement program for parks, the community center and fire station; and future risk management financial impacts on legal costs.

The district had a cash balance of $2.5 million as of the end of May. General Manager Mary Cahill said they are in the process of doing a reserve study to decide how much of this money should be set aside in one or more reserves for future expenses such as retiree health costs or depreciation.

During the public comments on the proposed budget, resident Bill Carey urged the board look into restructuring the bond on the community center. Resident David Gelber said it sounded like the general fund is growing and asked if the district could use it as an investment instrument.

The board also voted to approve a 2.14 percent increase for waste disposal requested by El Dorado Disposal. Beginning in July, the charge for a 35 gallon container will be $22.62; a 64 gallon container will be $25.42; and a 96 gallon container will be $32.45. The rates for seniors will remain the same.

Board members voted to continue waiving any compensation for serving on the board.

Cahill reported that contracts had been signed for an upcoming Renaissance Tudor Fayre and a professional level BBQ competition. The board also received an update on arrangements for the upcoming Summer Spectacular scheduled for June 29.

The board approved extending the existing JPA (Joint Powers Authority) Advanced Life support Fire Engine Agreement and the Advanced Life Support Ambulance Agreement between El Dorado County Emergency Services Authority.

However, a policy change regarding how items are added to the agenda was sent to the Budget and Administration Committee to finalize and bring back to the board.

Kirk Bone, director of Government Relations with the Parker Development Company, asked the board to appoint an ad hoc committee to meet with the company, along with representatives from the El Dorado Hills Community Services District, to discuss public recreational opportunities for the Marble Valley and Lime Rock Valley development projects.

Gelber questioned whether Parker Development had ever brought a lawsuit against people who opposed one of their developments. However, Cahill cautioned him about pursuing that line of questioning and Bone never responded. Resident Gerald Lillpop added he was concerned that since the proposed projects are in El Dorado Hills, CPCSD wouldn’t receive any of property taxes but would get all the traffic. He also wanted to know if people from the proposed new developments would be charged an out-of-town rate to use the CPCSD facilities.

The board then approved setting up an ad hoc committee to meet with representatives from Parker Development. Board members Scott McNeil and Vicky Neibauer will represent the district.

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

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Discussion | 12 comments

  • Barbara RogersJune 23, 2013 - 1:14 pm

    Good article Dawn. It is probably good not to print that that members of the board were threatening a member of the public at open forum. The only way to end the tyranny of this inept board is to recall two, perhaps three of them. When an elected officially threatens to take a verbal argument outside with a citizen, then it is time for that elected official to call it day. The arrogance that the board chair shows towards certain citizens is sickening to watch. He sits there with a blank stare on his face. One should mention the so called cash balance of 2.5 million is in fact made up of cash reserves that were taken years ago and put into one pot. 1.6 million was taken from the fire department reserves. Bottom line, the CSD is losing money every year and this general mgr. is doing noting to make it better. She treats her staff like crap, working them like dogs when she is prancing all over the county trying to build partnerships. She needs to go. This CSD needs a part time G.M.

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  • Fran DuChampJune 23, 2013 - 1:17 pm

    http://tinyurl.com/m2p5f5m...be careful of ad hocs..."The board then approved setting up an ad hoc committee ..."

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  • Barbara RogersJune 23, 2013 - 9:06 pm

    good info in you link Fran, however the Cameron Park CSD does not adhere to the Brown Act unless it is in their best interest. In fact, Stanton and McNeil always say" well that is your interpretation of the Brown act". They use the Brown Act to break the Brown Act.

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  • James E.June 23, 2013 - 9:07 pm

    Ms. Rogers, I was getting so lonely.

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  • James E.June 23, 2013 - 9:12 pm

    Sigh, later.

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  • EvelynJune 23, 2013 - 9:16 pm

    Barbara: An excellent video recording of a Brown Act presentation at a May 2013 CEDAC meeting HERE. The approx. 1 hour presentation begins at about minute 2.

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  • EvelynJune 23, 2013 - 9:20 pm

    . . . and HERE is an excellent Brown Act pamphlet which covers all the main points. As for "that is your interpretation of the Brown act", my guess is they have not read the Brown Act. It's not a matter of "interpretation", but rather a matter of FACT.

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  • EvelynJune 23, 2013 - 9:22 pm

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  • Fran DuChampJune 23, 2013 - 10:22 pm

    thanks for the link--Harper was there--seems she knows the email I posted....because of who she wrote to...is in violation of the Brown Act...more people should see the vid--since they are not reading...Harper even asks the question...and still sent out a email...tsk tsk tsk...toms article was part of that.

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  • Fran DuChampJune 23, 2013 - 10:27 pm

    Facebook--be careful :) Brown Act

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  • Fran DuChampJune 23, 2013 - 11:09 pm

    so now that we have thought about the Brown Act--has CEDAPP been in violation many times? Or is this email okay to do--although it speaks about issues pertaining to two of the groups she is in? On the vid--people are laughing--our rights as the public--should be taken seriously...or it is just a couple people deciding for a whole? above should have said is she braking the Brown Act?

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  • R J CarterJune 24, 2013 - 9:06 am

    Test.......

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