Supervisor Sue Novasel District V Newsletter

October 11, 2018                                                                                             Edition #16

Supervisor Novasel

El Dorado County

District V Supervisor, Sue Novasel Updates and Input Newsletter 

Meyers Advisory Council Vacancy

Meyers Notice

Hazardous Tree Removal Program For Seniors

Article from the EDC Area Agency on Aging publication "Senior Times"

The County of El Dorado and the California Department of Forestry (CALFIRE) have agreed to expand and simplify the County’s Hazardous Tree Removal Program to benefit low-income senior property owners by raising the income limits and reducing the paperwork.

All applicants must be 60 years of age or older, own the property on which they reside as their primary residence, and have incomes at or below 80% of the County’s area median income (AMI). The limit was 60% of AMI. That means a household of two can now earn up to $51,300 and be eligible for the program.

Funding for the program comes from CALFIRE and Fire Protection State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund (SRAFPF) and Tree Mortality (TM) Grant. El Dorado County received approximately $200,000 to help senior citizens, remove dead and dying trees that endanger their residence. Funding is available for eligible seniors living just about anywhere in the county. Exceptions are those homes within local Fire Safe Council Areas already being served with CALFIRE funding. To meet the criteria under the Program, dead and dying trees must be: 1) greater than 10 inches in diameter and 20 feet in height; 2) must be within 300 feet of, and pose a structural threat to, the residence; and 3) must also be reasonably accessible by equipment or machinery.

“We want to remove as many eligible dead or dying trees as possible while funding is available” according to Creighton Avila, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer. “Preliminary inspections and tree removal have begun,” said Avila, “but there is still time in the coming months to submit an application to participate in the program.” Qualified homeowners must complete an application packet available from the County which asks for employment and income statements to establish eligibility for Program participation. Completed applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, contact the Community Development Services, Housing Community and Economic Development Program at (530) 621-5159.

Go Car Lite in October


Measure J

Each week I will be featuring one of the Measures to be voted on in the November election.

Measure J asks voters whether the County should increase its Transient Occupancy Tax, which is assessed on persons occupying lodging for a period of thirty (30) consecutive days or less.  The tax applies to various types of short term lodging, including hotels, motels, vacation home rentals, and similar facilities.  The tax is paid by the guest, collected by the lodging operator, and remitted to the El Dorado County Tax Collector.  This measure would increase the TOT rate from ten percent (10%) of the rent charged to twelve percent (12%) in the unincorporated area of El Dorado County.

The Transient Occupancy Tax is a general tax.  The additional revenue generated by the increased TOT would be deposited in the County’s general fund, where the revenue could be used for general government purposes.

A “yes” vote on Measure J approves the Ordinance increasing the Transient Occupancy Tax from ten percent (10%) of the rent collected to twelve percent (12%).

A “no” vote on Measure J does not increase the Transient Occupancy Tax, and the County would continue to collect the tax at its current rate.

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the Ordinance to increase the existing Transient Occupancy Tax and voted to place Measure J on the ballot for voter approval.


  • Meyers Advisory Council
  • Tree Removal for Seniors
  • Car Lite in October
  • Measure J
  • 2018 Goals




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In the year ahead, your El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will be moving forward on our strategic planning for capital improvements, investing in communities and balancing the budget, while improving roads and county services.

My goals for 2018:

  • Maintain an environment of respectful conversation and positive change.
  • Protect Tahoe’s fair share funding.
  • Continue to strengthen Tahoe’s voice in County affairs.
  • Reduce traffic congestion on local roads and in neighborhoods. 
  •  Improve recreation access and opportunities. 
  • Protect and expand services for our most vulnerable population, including children, families, veterans and seniors.

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