Supervisors to get peek at proposed budget
It's time to get a peek at Yuma County's proposed budget for the next fiscal year.
Yuma County Administrator Robert Pickels will summarize the fiscal year 2014 recommended budget at the start of Monday's regular Board of Supervisors' meeting. He said it comes in at just under $85 million, reflecting a 2.5 percent increase in expenditures and a 1.8 percent increase in revenues. However, with some reprogramming of funds, he said it all balances and the property tax levy would stay the same.
The board will have a more detailed examination of next year's budget during a two-day meeting on Wednesday and Thursday, which is also open to the public.
In other agenda items for Monday's meeting:
• The board may approve a resolution supporting the designation of the “Museum of History in Granite” in Felicity, Calif. as a United Nations World Heritage Site.
Felicity Mayor Jacque-Andre Istel has asked Yuma County to adopt the resolution, which reads:
“Whereas: The United Nations defines World Heritage Sites as places of cultural or natural importance and includes such items as the Statue of Liberty, Grand Canyon and Independence Hall; and, whereas: In 2013 French Ambassador Jean-Marie Daillet recommended the designation of the Museum of History in Granite “…take its rightful place next to the Statue of Liberty among the 962 sites in 137 countries considered as having universal value”; and whereas: The creators of the non-profit Museum of History in Granite are motivated by the desire, common to both immigrants and native born Americans, to give something back to the United States and, if possible, to humanity. Whereas: World Heritage Sites have demonstrated their immense economic impact through tourism; and whereas: The Museum of History in Granite is unique with an attractive design with an educational aspect that contains over 600 granite etchings representing the History of Humanity, the History of the United States, the History of Arizona, the History of Aviation, the Parachuting Hall of Fame, the Korean War, and the Foreign Legion; and whereas: Yuma County and the City of Yuma have pledged to jointly support the designation of the Museum as a World Heritage Site. Now therefore, be it resolved, that the Yuma County Board of Supervisors, recognize and endorse the mission of the Museum's creators to receive official designation of the granite monument by the United Nations a World Heritage Site.”
• The board could approve the purchase of 84 refrigerators for the Valley Vista Apartments, the county-run low-income housing complex in Somerton.
The lowest bid received came from Star Creations, Inc. out of New York in the amount of $49,671.33, including sales tax.
• The board could approve the replacement of the boiler installation at the county jail. The project would transfer $76,797 from the jail district repair replacement fund in a contract with Streamline Enterprises.
The jail currently has three “antiquated” water heaters from 1997, and these heaters have exceeded the recommend replacement time-frame for those types of units and usage, according to a staff memo. The county wants to install one boiler to make the system more operationally efficient.
The Monday meeting begins at 9 a.m. and the Wednesday and Thursday budget sessions begin at 8:30 a.m. both days. All meetings will be in the Board of Supervisors auditorium adjoining the county administration building, 198 S. Main St.
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