County News 2010

September 29, 2010
Correction notices to be sent to some secured property owners

Secured property owners who own multiple parcels in Tulare County will receive an informational letter next week informing them of an error on their secured property tax bills.  The due dates, total amount due on each tax bill and the payment stubs are correct.

Due to an error in the printing process, the detail tax amount on line six was duplicated with line five and is incorrect. The printing error does not change the total amount of property taxes owed, which is printed on the "total amount" line on tax bills, payments due dates, or the amounts on the payment stubs.

The incorrect tax bills were sent on Sept. 15 to 7,250 property owners in Tulare County. The 7,250 property owners all own multiple parcels throughout Tulare County.  Property owners who own a single parcel did not receive an incorrect tax bill.

September 28, 2010
Payment deadline for unsecured property taxes is Sept. 30

Rita A. Woodard, Auditor-Controller/Treasurer-Tax Collector, would like to remind taxpayers that Unsecured Tax bills are now due.  Please note that the delinquent date has been extended to September 30, 2010. If your payment is not received or postmarked by the delinquent date, a 10% penalty will be added to your bill. 

The 2010/2011 Unsecured Tax bills were mailed during the month of August 2010. If you have not received your Unsecured Tax bill, please come into our office, or you may view and print a copy from our website at

September 23, 2010
County Assigns New Media Officer

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors today announced Jed Chernabaeff will serve as the County Media Officer.

Chernabaeff has served as a Board Representative for the Tulare County Board of Supervisors since September 2007, where he has been responsible for constituent issues and special projects, including the Board's Step Up anti-gang activities. Chernabaeff will retain his Board Representative duties in addition to serving as media officer. The addition of media officer duties was approved Tuesday, September 21 during the Tulare County budget hearings.  

“The Board is confident Jed will do a great job in his new role as media officer,” said Steve Worthley, Chairman of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors.

September 21, 2010
Tulare County Adopts Balanced Budget

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved a $947.8 million balanced spending plan recommended by County Administrative Officer Jean Rousseau for Fiscal Year 2010-11.

“Tulare County’s balanced budget is the result of being fiscally conservative,” said Steve Worthley, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “Tulare County will continue its practice of spending within our means.”

September 15, 2010
County to Replace Natural Gas Distribution System; Move Inmates and Employees

Inmates and Tulare County Sheriff's Department employees housed at the Tulare County Correctional Center at Sequoia Field will be moved to a nearby facility in conjunction with a capital project to replace an aging natural gas distribution system, the Tulare County Board of Supervisors announced today.

Tulare County Board of Supervisors Chairman Steve Worthley said the facility was constructed in the late 1930’s and early 1940’s and the county has maintained the system and made needed repairs over the years.

"In light of the recent events in San Bruno, Tulare County has decided to take a more proactive approach by completely replacing the gas lines to ensure the safety of the inmates and county staff,” Chairman Worthley said.

September 7, 2010
One-time energy grant available to Tulare County residents

Tulare County’s residents experiencing economic hardships may be eligible to qualify for a one-time $1,500 grant to pay off past due bills and avoid utility shutoffs.

Residents can apply for these funds through a new state program called “TEAF,” which stands for Temporary Energy Assistance for Families. The deadline to apply for TEAF funding is September 21, 2010.

September 3, 2010
Festival of Hope Chalk Mural & Music Festival - Labor Day Weekend

TULARE - With a special two day event celebrating art, music, community, and suicide prevention and awareness, the Tulare County Suicide Prevention Task Force is poised to debut a one of a kind event, the Festival of Hope Chalk Mural & Music Festival on September 4th and 5th, 2010.

With professional chalk muralists from around the world creating breath-taking 12'x12' street paintings, the Galaxy Theatre is hosting free documentaries & workshops, free concerts will take place under the tower,  community members have a chance to create their own murals, information & resource booths will provide linkage to a variety of services, and children will be able to create their own chalk drawings near the main fountain.

September 3, 2010
Board of Supervisors to Seek Attorney Fees in Lawsuit Alleging Brown Act Violations

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors will seek more than $32,000 in fees in a lawsuit that will be dismissed alleging Brown Act violations.

Tulare County Counsel represents the Board of Supervisors. Deputy County Counsel Julia Langley said a motion was filed today seeking $32,270.10, which includes attorney fees and costs of defending several petitions. Richard P. McKee filed the lawsuit in March 2010. The Visalia Times-Delta/Tulare Advance Register and the California Newspaper Publishers Association later joined as plaintiffs. (View motion for attorney fees)

“The petitioners and their counsel knew or should have known that they had no basis for filing either of the petitions,” Langley said. “The actual costs incurred by the County during this lawsuit should be paid by the petitioners.”

September 2, 2010
Mooney Grove Park to Host Nationally-Ranked Disc Golf Tournament

Tulare County’s Mooney Grove Park in Visalia will host the fourth annual End of the Trail Classic disc golf tournament during Labor Day Weekend.

The End of the Trail Classic is just one of five nationally-ranked pro-am Super Tour events that will be held in California this year.

“Tulare County is honored to host a disc golf tournament of this stature,” said Steve Worthley, Chairman of the Tulare County Board of Supervisors. “Participants will travel from throughout the country to play disc golf in Mooney Grove Park, the crown jewel of the County’s parks system.”

August 31, 2010
Input Needed From Tulare County's Rural Residents

Tulare County’s Resource Management Agency (RMA) is conducting a series of meetings in rural communities in an effort to update redevelopment implementation plans.

RMA officials say these meetings will help shape the future of these communities and encourage all residents who live within the redevelopment boundaries to participate. There will be two meetings – one in Ivanhoe and one in Earlimart – this week. More community meetings are scheduled throughout September.