Friday Memo, County of Nevada
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Nevada County Receives Distinguished Budget Award

Nevada County has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).

In a press release the GFOA said, "The award represents a significant achievement ... It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting."

This award was made possible by the efforts of the Board of Supervisors, the County Executive Office budget team, and department fiscal staff. In particular, special recognition goes to Martin Polt and Elise Strickler for their efforts. Congratulations to the Nevada County budget team for all their hard work and dedication

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Protect Your Home, Get Fire Safe

In 2017, Nevada County had three local wildfires that caused major evacuations and the opening of Nevada County's Emergency Operations Center. Even with the multi-agency effort to mitigate local wildfire risks, Nevada County's lush and mountainous landscape continues to be susceptible to wildfires. In 2017, 26 percent of defensible space inspections performed by Nevada County's Fire Prevention Assistant and CAL FIRE failed.

The most important way to protect yourself and your property from wildfire is prevention through defensible space around structures and outbuildings. Winter is one of the best times to remove trees, undergrowth, and trim up trees for vertical clearance as a part of your home's defensible space. Learn how to create and maintain defensible space on your property on CAL FIRE's Ready for Wildfire website.

Although the summer and fall months are normally thought to be "fire season," California's climate is changing. The new normal includes dry spells in winter, making wildfire a possibility even when it's not "fire season." Knowing that human activity causes 95 percent of wildfires, be careful when having a campfire or burn pile. Before starting your burn pile, check to see if it is a burn day in Nevada County by visiting Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District's website.  Burn permits are required after May 1st each year and burning will be banned once fire season begins, based on ground conditions.  Visit your local CAL FIRE office to obtain a permit with instructions for creating a safe, clean burning pile.  Outdoor burning is prohibited in the City of Grass Valley, City of Nevada City and the Lake of the Pines Community.

A spark created from improper use of outdoor equipment or unsafe towing can also start a wildfire. Especially during the summer and early fall months, preform any clearing before 10:00 a.m. and after 8:00 p.m. rather than the heat of the day.

For more information and free resources about being fire smart, visit the Fire Safe Council of Nevada County's website.

Although prevention is important, be prepared for an emergency by reviewing your neighborhoods emergency preparedness evacuations plan and have an evacuation kit ready to go.  Find all of Nevada County's approved Emergency Preparedness and Evacuation Guides on Nevada County's Office of Emergency Services website. Sign up for CodeRED Emergency Alerts online.  If you have questions, please call the Office of Emergency Services at (530) 265-1515.

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Avoid Late Penalties on Your Property Tax

Tina M. Vernon, Nevada County Treasurer and Tax Collector, would like to remind property owners that the due date for the second installment of the 2017-2018 secured tax bill was February 1st, however the delinquent date for the second installment is not until April 10, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. 

Payments must be received in the Nevada County Treasurer and Tax Collector office or show a postmark of April 10, 2018.  If mailing close to this date, please get a hand stamped postmark to ensure timely payment. If received after the April 10th date without a timely postmark, a 10% penalty plus a $10 cost will be added for late payment.  For more information on how to avoid penalties, view the Treasurer and Tax Collector's Top 10 Ways to Avoid Penalties document.

If you own property in Nevada County and have not received a tax bill, a copy may be printed from the Tax Collector's website.

Payment transactions may also be made online on the Tax Collector's website or by phone at (888) 243-1366 up until 11:59 p.m. on April 10th. You must have your bill number, parcel number, and amount due.  Please note there is a 2.4% fee associated with credit card transactions and a $0.50 charge for electronic check. 

The Tax Collector's office is located on the 2nd floor at 950 Maidu Avenue in Nevada City.  The mailing address is P.O. Box 128, Nevada City, CA 95959-0128 and the phone number is (530) 265-1285.  Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays.

An outside drive-up Drop Box is available in the parking lot of the Eric Rood Administrative Center until 5 p.m. on April 10th.   Follow the signs for the location.  

Payments may also be made in Truckee from April 2nd through the 4th at the Truckee Sheriff Substation, Supervisor Richard Anderson's office located at 10879 Donner Pass Road, Suite A between the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information, call the Nevada County Treasurer and Tax Collector's Office at (530) 265-1285

Assessors and Appraisers Achieve Advanced Appraiser Certification

Recently, Nevada County Assessor Sue Horne, Appraiser II Mike Hooper, and Appraiser II Ben Kopec of the Assessor's Office each successfully completed the multiple-year course work to achieve their Advanced Appraiser Certification from the California State Board of Equalization. 

This advanced state designation in property tax appraisal represents a significant personal effort and career accomplishment for each of these individuals.  Congratulations to Mike, Ben and Assessor Horne on this milestone.

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Upcoming Library Events and Programming

Stop by your local Library for fun events from Family Movie Nights, to Valentine’s Day crafts, to tech help! Find library events outside the Library’s regular weekly programming below, or take a look at all upcoming library events and register online with the Library’s events calendar.
As a reminder, all Nevada County Libraries will be closed Monday, February 19th in observance of Presidents Day.

Library Programming
Monday, February 5th

  • Family Afternoon Movie Series: Minions, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at Madelyn Helling Library

Tuesday, February 6th

  • Adult Coloring, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Truckee Library

Thursday, February 8th

  • Art Sampler: Valentine Cards, 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • Rural Gateways Pushing the Limits: “Everything I Nevada Told You” Wine & Read Book Event, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Smith Winery Tasting Room

Kid's Programming
Tuesday, February 6th

  • Young Adventurers Club: Explosions!, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Grass Valley Library

Wednesday, February 7th

  • Robot Parade, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Bear River Library

Technology and Computer Classes
Monday, February 5th

  • iPad and iPhone Drop-in Class, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m
  • Virtual Reality Experience, 1:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Madelyn Helling Library

Wednesday, February 7th

  • Tech Drop-in, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Madelyn Helling Library
  • Virtual Reality Experience, 1:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Madelyn Helling Library

Friday, February 9th

  • Backing up your PC, 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Madelyn Helling Library

For more information, call the Nevada County Library at (530) 265-7050
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