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Mountain Democrat (Newspaper) - June 8, 2015, Placerville, CaliforniaCalifornians o l u e s i n e w s e a i t r Esi. 1831fountain 0emotrat monday june 8,2015 164 a Issue 68 1 75t of Moat photo by Shelly Thorne 0l11eii half tvs slum in Cin it Jirine s with defense Artemey Wiki we Iner was sentenced to life in prison with the Pessil Mility off parole after 50 years. Harris sentenced to life Cole Mayer staff writer a judge in Al Dorado county court on june 5 sentenced a woman found guilty of killing her husband a 30 years after she was acquitted on a similar charge a to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 50 years. Judge Kenneth j. Melikian heard and denied a motion for a new trial during the sentencing of Colleen Harris convicted by a jury april 15 for first degree murder of husband Bob Harris. Melikian said he wanted to Point out that he a found the evidence in this Case if errors had occurred causing a mistrial he said it would still not cause a different verdict. A i cannot see a responsible jury in this Case vote anything but guilty. I reached the same decision they in All a see Hamas Page a9 state Champ crowned a dem oct photo Miebs ish a Astin laut off Oik Ridge High school was the top pole Mirter at Samay nights Ihnato off the 97th Amizial Iii pm according to Coachm Botho a Chooh int it eur trek and item state iim�a6.the wild West Denom St photo Liy i Hodge Yot fre history a a wild West shootout is reenacted during saturday s a on train festivities on main Street in Placer he. For More photos from this event see Page a3. County Budon bos Marathon ends with 4-1 vote Chris Daley staff writer Al Dorado county supervisors started Early and stayed late last week during four Days of hearings revisions and recalculations to the a recommended budget presented by chief administrative officer Pamela Knorr. State Law requires that the county approve a recommended budget on or before june 30 each year and a final or a adopted budget on or before sept. 30. These mandated budget requirements Are timed to establish finding during the next fiscal year thus 2015-16. Between now and sept. 30, supervisors and department Heads will tweak the numbers add or delete elements update their estimates based on new information if necessary and maintain or revise their views and understandings about the financial condition of the county. The Hoard has discretionary Powers Only Over the county a general fund recommended at a bit Over $253 million for 2015-16. The general fund includes Law and Justice Quot land use and development general government such m the chief administrative office human resources assessor and auditor controlled. June budget hearings in the past have been lambasted by some As unnecessary and a waste of time. They have been seen by others As a valuable annual event that gives county leaders and the Public opportunities to learn about and influence spending for services and programs for the next year. Under the county charter the Cao prepares and presents the recommended budget each year. Supervisors review Amend or adjust the figures according to their priorities and by Law the budget must balance on paper at least. In practice the decision makers have considerable flexibility to allocate finds to create or eliminate programs Servi Ces and positions. The process is one of making the Best estimates regarding things that Are As. Yet unknown such As. The actual amount of Revenue the county will receive Over the next it to a a. Wide variety of sources. For example there will be a number of building its pulled and paid for a number of Licens is paid for and filed and a number of dollars in sales tax collected. The current Assumption is that the count is. A see by Ciet Page a9 stage 2 drought Alert declared in a Mike Wendy Schultz staff writer Placer due residents Are urged to begin reducing their Baseline water consumption by 30 percent As prescribed by Al Dorado irrigation districts stage 2 Drout Alert. After the state water Board adopted mandatory water conservation a ulat Loiis to implement gov. Jerry Brown s executive order requiring an immediate statewide reduction of 25 percent Placer due City Council approved a Resolution to limit outdoor irrigation to two Days a week from april 15 to nov. 15. While eid recently chose to go to a three Day a week outdoor watering schedule june 1-sept 30, City staff recommended Flie two Day watering schedule As an easier alternative to meet the state Regul Kion than reducing potable water use by 25 percent because there Are significant reporting requirements that would require additional staff time. Quot we have already had complaints that people Are not four wig the water schedules a said a Sandal director Dave Warre n. The finance department Fellows up on complaints and takes pictures if warranted. Additional restrictions induce watering Only Midnight until 10. Or Between 7 pm. And 11 59. Outdoor Watring is permitted on Hie Day and saturdays. Al. An. Odd numbered property and on wednesdays and sundays for even numbered. It Ere is no watering allowed on monday thursday and Fri Day. Irrigation systems must he turned off during and 48 hours after measurable rainfall. City residents can participate in Pace program Wendy Schultz staff writer the Placer due City Council unanimous approved the Day s Partid pation in the property assessed clean Energy program Pace at the april 14 Oty Council meeting and on 26, they approved two companies to implement tie i Nancg for City residents who wish to participate in the program. The Pace program Active in 31 states enables homeowners and commercial property owners to make Energy efficiency renewable Energy and water conservation upgrades to buildings and finance the improvements through their property tax Bill. Pace can pay for new heating and Cooling systems lighting solar panels water pumps insulation and other Energy eff ident technology. Property owners repay the assessment Over 5,10,15 or 20 years. The interest is tax deductible. 1w� Pace programs hero and Gyrene were approved by City Cound to be a Allahlee in the Day to property owners who wish to paid Pale in pack to finance Energy eff ident improvements to their property. Partid pation in Pace is entirely vol mtg by the Day is not of listed to pay pity delinquent assessments levied on the

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