Mono Supervisors: open Tioga Pass, balance the budget, farewell to Lyster

mono_courthouse_10-08.jpgAs late season snow drops off, hopes to open Tioga Pass pick up. In fact, on the Mono County Supervisors’ agenda for today, the Public Works Director scheduled an item to talk about Mono County’s help with snow removal to open Highway 120.

The agenda notes that due to significant business and visitation benefit, the Mono Supervisors have made it a habit to support and help the National Park Service and Caltrans with snow removal and opening of Highway 120 every year. In order to promptly respond to Park Service requests, Public Works Director Jeff Walters suggests that the Board officially authorize Public Works to provide snow removal assistance.

It is expected that the Board will adopt a resolution to authorize that help. The agenda says the fiscal impact will depend on the depth of snow, weather conditions and road debris.

The County Administrator and the Finance Director will give the Board the Third Quarter Budget Review for this fiscal year. In a letter to the Board Jim Leddy and Leslie Chapman say that, “Besides making sure that budget parameters are observed through the end of this budget year, staff is actively seeking solutions to bridge that projected $4.7 million structural deficit.” Leddy and Chapman project a carryover fund balance of possibly $1.9 million plus a $740,000 savings from mid-year budget cuts. That still leaves a gap of some $2 million for next fiscal year. The officials say that they expect to fill this gap “with concessions from employee bargaining groups, possible furloughs and attrition.”

For long-range savings, officials say they are concentrating on the re-design of County service models. Leddy and Chapman say that last resort options would include use of depleted reserves and, if all else fails, layoffs. They also recommend a hard hiring freeze through the end of the fiscal year.

And, on a lighter note the first presentation of the day is recognition of Economic Development Director Dan Lyster who will retire.


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2 Responses to Mono Supervisors: open Tioga Pass, balance the budget, farewell to Lyster

  1. i wonder April 15, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    I wonder what mono county will cut from there employees after a big winter? After they cut them again this year with no pay raise. All they will get is another cut when the go for another contract seems like there is no reason to stay. From the looks of there web site they are not getting very many takers on employment. All the employees can hope for is a mine or some other place to work.

    • RAM April 16, 2014 at 8:23 am #

      It’s highly unlikely they would find comparable pay & benefits in the private sector. Cut their pay and cut their benefits and they’ll stay with the job. They’ll just have a bad attitude.


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