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Posted by: thepinetree on 10/30/2017 09:17 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 10/30/2017 09:17 AM
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Clarification on Availability of Discretionary Funds in the County Treasury By CAO Timothy Lutz

San Andreas, CA...During the October 17 and 18 Board of Supervisors’ Hearings to consider the adoption of an ordinance to either ban or regulate cannabis cultivation in the County, there was some confusion regarding how much unobligated funds Calaveras County has available at its disposal.




Specifically, it was stated that there was an excess of $30 million dollars in reserve funds and over $130 million in the County treasury that could be tapped into in order to shore up any budget deficits. Unfortunately, that is not the case as these funds are not available for general use within the County.

The County treasury is made up of general and non-general fund monies. General fund monies are discretionary and can be used to fund some general governmental purposes. Alternatively, special use funds (also known as “designated funds”) are restricted and can only be used for their specifically stated purpose. The County operates over one hundred different designated funds, with total combined balances of over $50 million. These designated funds are separated from the County General Fund specifically because they are not discretionary nor should they be co-mingled with discretionary funds.

Much of the money in these designated funds are designed for specific services to clients or recipients of government aid; others are allowable only to conduct certain activities. Examples include Mental Health Services Act funds, CalWORKs assistance funds, funds to support criminal justice programs such as the Sheriff’s Office, Probation, and District Attorney, and funds collected by Departments specifically tied to capital improvement or modernization activities. In all but a few cases, these designated funds can only support cost increases in the Departments that operate the funds.

It should also be noted that in addition to its own general and non-general fund monies, the County maintains in its treasury the funds for school districts and a variety of special districts that operate in the County. Therefore, while it may appear that there is a large sum of money in the County Treasury, much of the funds are not available to the County for use in any way.


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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-10-30 09:26:03   By: Anonymous
 
Why are we reading this? Shouldn't he be explaining this to the moronic BOS?

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2017-10-30 13:08:28   By: Anonymous
     
    Anyone else see what's slowly winding through the court system against the two feces throwing monkies we got on the supes board? Maybe calaveras needs a special prosecutor to finally right the local government ship?

    Mills is a stinking ship. Oops. I mean sinking ship. Ole Timmy boy used to be his lackey now he's publicly distancing himself. Hmmmm. First Becky. Now Timmy.
    Who's still left in the neck beard m stash boat?
    Oh yeah the president and vp of nambla bill and Dave.

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Discretionary Funds
Posted on: 2017-10-30 09:44:12   By: Anonymous
 
So, it is true. These funds CAN be used to get rid of cannabis farms:
'funds to support criminal justice programs such as the Sheriff’s Office, Probation, and District Attorney,'
Eradication of growers, soon to be many more it appears, is a criminal justice program. I think that was made clear on 10/24.

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    Re: Discretionary Funds
    Posted on: 2017-10-30 09:47:02   By: Anonymous
     
    All it shows is that one of the supervisors that acts as though he is gods gift, is totally and completely wrong. He is full of BS In addition, the money can not be used to eradicate grows There is a clear budget emergency in Calaveras County


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      Re: Discretionary Funds
      Posted on: 2017-10-30 13:15:22   By: Anonymous
       
      But to whom he might be a gift to is open for debate

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        Re: Discretionary Funds
        Posted on: 2017-10-30 20:53:59   By: Anonymous
         
        Mills kisses the mirror every morning.

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    Re: Discretionary Funds
    Posted on: 2017-10-30 10:04:03   By: Anonymous
     
    No, it is not true and he is trying to make that clear. Money is not discretionary unless it is in the general fund. Even if the law enforcement shows a grant of some amount of money, that grant was made for a specific reason, such as the purchase of specific equipment or patrolling Lake Comanche.

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      Re: Discretionary Funds
      Posted on: 2017-10-30 16:20:14   By: Anonymous
       
      I may be mistaken but I believe EBMUD pays the county for patrol of Lake Comanche.

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        Re: Discretionary Funds
        Posted on: 2017-10-30 17:10:15   By: Anonymous
         
        Just an example, it will still be on the budet as non-discretionary funds, regardless of who pays it. If the money is not used for what it is earmarked for then the county could be forced to pay it back. So yes, the county may have millions that Supervisor Mills pointed out, but what he did not clarify because he either does not understand it or was just bloviating is those millions are not available to spend on just anything.

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    Re: Discretionary Funds
    Posted on: 2017-10-30 17:27:36   By: Anonymous
     
    Timmy, You are misleading the folks. . . If the Sheriff needed lets say 10mil for a special activity like Cannabis Eradication, guess what we have it! The Board just needs to approve the return of some of our invested capital to the "General Fund" and allocate it accordingly! And "Poof" the Sheriff's funded!

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      Re: Discretionary Funds
      Posted on: 2017-10-30 18:14:02   By: Anonymous
       
      How is it that this county accumulated such an extraordinary disproportionate number of ignoramuses. So let's try again:

      Reserved funds are tax dollars, grants, bond revenue, etc that are exclusively segregated for designated purposes. Those monies cannot be used for other purposes. Grant funds to the Sheriff's Department, for example, to improve communications equipment can only be used for that purpose. Tax monies collected on behalf of a special purpose district, for example, a school district or a cemetery district, can only be used by that district for the purposes for which they were created. Bond funds raised to repair roads can only be used for that use. Funds provided as pre-payments for contracted services (e.g., the Sheriff's office) can only be applied to those expenditures.

      Discretionary money is the smallest portion of the total fund balance. The County has a structural deficit in this funding which is designated as the General Operating Budget.

      As for Federal funding, look at some of the current House of Representative's Budget and Appropriations Committees talking points and you will see the DOJ and DEA budgets are taking proposed cuts.

      We are on our own and if we don't wise up, we will all sink -- conservarats, libtards, and know-nothings together.

      Discretionary

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      Re: Discretionary Funds
      Posted on: 2017-10-30 18:16:46   By: Anonymous
       
      SO DUMB

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    Re: Discretionary Funds
    Posted on: 2017-12-02 15:35:53   By: Anonymous
     
    No fixing stupid


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Lied to again
Posted on: 2017-10-30 09:54:39   By: Anonymous
 
So basically Tim is saying Dennis Mills is completely full of shi+; again.

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    Re: Lied to again
    Posted on: 2017-10-30 10:01:17   By: Anonymous
     
    Roger that, but he and Clapp have stayed the course

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      Re: Lied to again
      Posted on: 2017-10-30 10:06:41   By: Anonymous
       
      You know who else stayed the course? The captain of the Titanic.

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        Re: Lied to again
        Posted on: 2017-10-30 20:55:28   By: Anonymous
         
        Clapp is a freaking idiot.

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      Re: Lied to again
      Posted on: 2017-10-30 16:21:25   By: Anonymous
       
      Supervisors Mills and Clapp thank you so much for staying the course. Hope you chaps run again.

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        Re: Lied to again
        Posted on: 2017-10-30 17:11:34   By: Anonymous
         
        Yes, please run again, I am hoping you do also.

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          Re: Lied to again
          Posted on: 2017-10-30 17:22:18   By: Anonymous
           
          run right out of county. Follow Bill


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            Re: Lied to again
            Posted on: 2017-10-31 06:16:48   By: Anonymous
             
            Mr McManus is muy guapo.

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