OROVILLE – The Butte County Board of Supervisors will receive an update on Tuesday, September 14, the district boundary reconstruction project.
Re-assessment is required every 10 years after the end of the census. All five districts must be equal to the total population.
This will be a challenge this year due to the November 2011 campfire that destroyed most of the city of Paradise, as well as parts of Conco and Magalia and Butt Creek canyons.
Most of the area is located in the 5th district. The district has lost about half of its population due to the fire. Many of them moved to the 2nd and 3rd districts, most of which included Chico and its western and northern areas. Thousands more have fled the county.
This indicates that the area covered by the 5th district will increase, while the areas of the second and third districts will shrink.
Consulting Reconstruction Partners is working on how this will happen, gathering comments and suggestions from the public. Representatives from the firm will update the board and provide guidance on how to proceed.
This is a time-consuming item, scheduled to be heard at 1:30 p.m.
The draft restructuring map will be presented to the board on 12 October.
In other actions, supervisors can exaggerate themselves. Under the county ordinance their salaries are attached to judges by percentage. If judges increase, caretakers can increase themselves by the same percentage.
Judges have been given a three-fold increase of ra.5 per cent since 2018, but supervisors have not increased their salaries. Employees are recommending a 3 percent increase, effective November 15th.
The move would raise the salaries of each of the five members from 60 60,997 to 62 62,827. The action is included in the consent agenda, a list of items that are considered non-controversial and are generally approved at a single pace.
The board is being asked to weigh in on agricultural hoop structures. These are usually greenhouses made of metal or plastic pipes, covered with plastic sheets. Currently they are only allowed if they have an area of 120 square feet or less.
The board is being asked whether to keep those policies, or to allow larger policies without restrictions.