District 3 Newsletter - June 9, 2021

 June 9, 2021                                                                         



Recommended Budget


On Monday, June 7, the Board held a public hearing on the 2021-22 Recommended Budget.  After receiving a presentation from staff and taking additional direction from the Board, the Budget will be back before us in September for final adoption.  

If you are interested in the details of the County's budget, the Budget Book is comprehensive and user-friendly and you can access it below.  If you don't want to dive into its 338 pages, here are some of the highlights:

- Per Board Policy, the budget includes a General Reserve of $10M and a General Fund Contingency of $6M.

- $1.3 M for the implementation of a Body worn Camera Program for the Sheriff's Office

- An increase of $3M in revenue to road maintenance

- $6.5M for ongoing deferred maintenance of County-owned buildings

- $936,713 set aside for future CalPERS cost increases

- $2.3M set aside for the 2022-23 Public Safety Facility loan payment (Sheriff Headquarters)

- $500,000 to begin replacing the aging snow removal fleet

- $645,800 to Fire Districts to offset costs due to tourism impacts

- $578,000 to Planning & Building for code enforcement (especially on VHRs) and to address State Mandates and Tier 1 priorities.  Additional monies were set aside for Community Design Standard implementation, including Rural Centers

(What is not included in these highlights is the expenditures of many of our state-mandated services through Health and Human Services. If you look in the Budget Book, you can see more details on these expenditures, and others, including homelessness.)

What caught my eye in the Budget Presentation Highlight is slide 26.  It is important for us to keep in mind  that our status quo budget assumes that going forward, if we have a 3.8% growth in property tax, a 3% increase in transient occupancy tax and a 2% growth in cannabis activities tax we will be in a deficit position next year.  Since you have to have a balanced budget, we would need to reduce expenditures/cut services.  Hopefully that growth rate is very conservative and we will have larger increases, but it illustrates that moderate growth is essential to maintaining essential county services, and that's important to bear in mind.

Click here for more information:

2021-22 Recommended Budget Book

Budget Agenda Item

Redistricting 2021


What is Redistricting?

Every ten years, districts must be redrawn so that each district is substantially equal in population. This process, called redistricting, is important in ensuring that each board member represents about the same number of constituents. In El Dorado County, the Board of Supervisors is responsible for drawing supervisorial districts. Redistricting is done using U.S. Census data, which is typically released around March 31, 2021. Due to COVID-19 the data release date was moved to September 20, 2021. For the County of El Dorado, the redistricting process must be completed by December 15, 2021. 


Why does redistricting matter to me? 

Redistricting determines which neighborhoods and communities are grouped together into a district for purposes of electing a board member.  

The Board of Supervisors will seek input in selecting the next district map for our supervisorial districts. You have an opportunity to share with the Board of Supervisors how you think district boundaries should be drawn to best represent your community.  

For more information, click on the link below and get involved!  We need your voice and your engagement!

Redistricting Website

Get Involved Here

Wagon Train 2021


The Highway 50 Association will once again be comin' round the mountain!  The 72nd Annual Wagon Train will bring history alive by making their trek from June 6– 12, traveling west from Lake Tahoe to Placerville along Highway 50.   This grand tradition honors the Spirit of the West which called intrepid souls to seek additional opportunities to build a better life for themselves and their families here in El Dorado County.

Fun Fact:  One of the things I'm proud of is my own family traveled from Illinois by wagon train, settling in Placerville in 1850.  So, Wagon's Ho!

Hwy 50 Association - Wagon Train Website

Community Events...


Friday, June 11th from Noon - 10 p.m.


Saturday, June 12th.  Event begins at 2:30.  Street Dance from 5 - 8 p.m.



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  • Recommended Budget
  • Redistricting 2021
  • Wagon Train
  • Camino Safety Project Meeting
  • Comstock's Feature
  • Snows Road Repairs
  • Picnic in the Orchard


Upcoming Meeting



Caltrans is planning to host a public meeting tentatively scheduled for THURSDAY, JUNE 24 to provide an update on the schedule and details of this important project. 

The time and location has yet to be finalized, and as soon as I know, I will send out an announcement for this important meeting! 

Please plan to attend, and I will look forward to seeing you there.


Comstock Feature...

SIRI NELSON, CEO Marshall Medical Center


The June 2021 edition of Comstock Magazine included a prime feature on  Marshall Medical Center's CEO, Siri Nelson! 

El Dorado County is blessed to have an award-winning, independent hospital and medical center in the heart of our community, and Siri is a bold, courageous and inspired leader. I had the pleasure of being on the hospital board who hired Siri when former long-time CEO James Whipple retired in early 2020.  No one could have foreseen that Siri's debut would be trial-by-fire with the pandemic striking shortly after her arrival.  With an immensely dedicated staff combined with Siri's bold optimism and "can-do" spirit, Marshall rose to the challenge caring and protecting our community in its darkest hours.

So nice to see Marshall highlighted in the region!

Link to Article


Snows Road Repairs


We'd like to thank our County Department of Transportation staff for recently implementing some maintenance work on several sections of Snows Road!

Earlier in the year, residents expressed concerns on this road, and I want to express our appreciation for these recent repairs! 

Karen and I took a drive this week to see the improvements for ourselves, not only on Snows Road, but also to see the ongoing work on Carson Road and with the Camino Safety Project.

Lot's going on in D3... 

Many thanks!


Picnic in the Orchard


It was wonderful to gather for a cause on Saturday, June 5th at Rainbow Orchards to benefit the incredible work of Images for Hope which provides support services to folks going through treatment at Marshall Medical's Cancer Center.  

John Sanders of Old Town Grill provided an inspired and delicious charcuterie box and it was wonderful to get a preview of the beautiful Banners on Main, headed up by the incomparable Bill Robinson.  Great night, great cause!

Images of Hope Website





When the days get longer,

your hair gets lighter,

the water gets warmer,

the music gets louder,

and life gets better.