Budget

Another View: Foresthill Fire District facing financial challenges

Due to increased costs and decreased revenues, the Foresthill Fire Protection District budget is in dire straits.  Your fire district is struggling to maintain critical leve ...

Placer Water board to cut spending

The Placer County Water Agency has a new budget for 2016 that anticipates a drop in expected expenditures. The water agency’s budget for the coming year of $101.3 million re ...

Another View: Follow Nevada County’s example to improve our own library services

At our county domes on Fulweiler Street, a Placer County citizen recently made a public appeal to save the Meadow Vista library, which was being threatened with closure. A supervis ...

Placer County budget rises 2.4 percent to $817 million

Placer County’s spending plan is now in place, with an annual budget of $817 million. The budget blueprint for the year ending June 30, boosts funding for open space preserv ...

Reader Input: California budget a source of disagreement

It is budgeting season for our state, county and cities. The fiscal year, beginning on July 1st, requires plans for how California will spend over $1 billion, how Placer County wil ...

Placer County eyes new North Auburn office building

The next new building constructed at the Placer County Government Center in North Auburn could be for government uses. While not mentioned during budget discussions with the Board ...

Auburn roads acquire piece of budget pie

Like balancing a checkbook on a grand scale, managing the budget of an entire city takes some know-how. Auburn, once winged by the hellish realities of national economic instabili ...

Loomis, Meadow Vista libraries getting reprieve from closing for now

Placer County is working on a new budget plan that would allow the Loomis library to stay open through at least the end of the year. The plan also calls for the Meadow Vista libra ...

Placer County, Cal Fire union wrangle over funding Ophir station

The Cal Fire firefighters union is in a high-stakes funding wrangle with Placer County as next year’s budget numbers crunch starts to be stepped up. Cal Fire Local 2881 is f ...

Reader Input: Supervisors: Keep our libraries open

I have been a Meadow Vista resident for 17 years and am writing to protest the Meadow Vista and Loomis library closings. The Placer County Board of Supervisors is slated to vote on ...

Reader Input: Imperative that we save libraries

Front-page news in the Auburn Journal, Jan. 15 edition,  showcases closure of our Meadow Vista library (“Meadow Vista library targeted for closure”). This closure ...

City of Auburn meets with new leadership, old challenges

With the season nearly signaling the end of 2014, the city is ramping up to meet the challenges of a new year with some new leadership. At a little over a month away from the new ...

Placer County supes sign off on 10.7 percent budget increase

A boost in spending on regional sewer and animal shelter construction projects is a major driving force for a 10.7 percent increase in Placer County’s 2014-15 budget. The co ...

Another View: Sometimes, the only thing to say is ‘C’mon, man’

This week’s column is my personal riff on ESPN’s regular segment during football season in which a panel of commentators and former jocks rip on incompetent plays execu ...

Another View: On politics, policy and the Wild Kingdom

For my generation, the 1975 music video “I’m Just a Bill,” by School House Rock was our first introduction to civics. Kids still watch this classic video. As the ...