County Board to Approve TCRTA Loan | New

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors is set to approve a loan to the Tulare County Regional Transportation Authority to maintain public transit in much of the county, including Porterville.

As part of its consent schedule, the board is expected to approve the loan at its 9 a.m. meeting Tuesday in the Department of Human Resources and Development’s Innovation Conference Room, 2500 W. Burrell, Visalia.

The county council will consider approving a $1.5 million cash advance to help TCRTA cover its operating costs to maintain public transit in the county. Without the funding, the county, including Porterville, could go without public transit starting Oct. 1.

TCRTA was formed with the goal of streamlining public transit throughout the county. The cities of Porterville, Tulare, Dinuba, Lindsay, Exeter, Woodlake and Farmersville and Tulare County have come together to form the TCRTA. The city of Visalia has not joined the TCRTA and continues to operate its own public transit.

The TCRTA began operating countywide transit on July 1, but had no money to pay its operating costs.

The county staff report states that transit funding is based on reimbursing state and federal funding and that “the reallocation of future funding alone has left TCRTA without any capital reserve to cover its costs. initial operation”.

TCRTA member agencies will lend $5 million to maintain TCRTA operations in the short term as long as all member agencies approve their parts of the agreement. The City of Porterville is being asked to contribute the most $1.6 million to be funded by the city’s local transportation fund.

The Porterville City Council approved the $1.6 million allocation at its Tuesday meeting, but with conditions that include refunding unused funds and the stipulation that TCRTA’s long-term financial condition must be met. addressed.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Porterville City Manager John Lollis said a $5 million loan was expected to come from the county treasurer, but the treasurer determined TCRTA was ineligible. to a loan. So the county board is now set to approve a $1.5 million cash advance loan from the county’s general fund to be repaid within five years.

The city of Tulare was also asked to contribute $1.5 million, the city of Dinuba was asked to contribute $350,000, and the town of Woodlake was asked to contribute $50,000.

“Member agencies are currently reviewing loan amounts, with the understanding that a decision not to provide seed capital to TCRTA would likely result in the insolvency of the agency and the possible dissolution” of TCRTA, county staff reported.

TERRA BELLA FIRE BOX

As part of the county’s capital improvement program, the county council is set to pave the way for the construction of a renovation project at the Terra Bella Fire Station. The board is set to approve an offer to Forcum Mackey Construction of more than $3.7 million as part of its consent schedule.

The project is underway to allow the fire station to keep up with developments in firefighting technology and equipment. A three bay fire garage will be added to the fire station.

A living room will also be built in the two-bay garage, adding a new HVAC system and a new sleeping quarters. Other items included in the project include the replacement of the air compressor, the installation of a fire alarm system and a warning beacon.

CROP REPORT

The Tulare County Annual Crop Report for 2021 will be presented at Tuesday’s meeting. While dealing with the COVID pandemic, total gross agricultural production in Tulare County in 2020 was $7.1 billion, falling below $7.5 billion in 2019. Milk production remained #1 in the county in 2002 with a gross value of $1.9 billion.

STATE BUDGET REPORT

Paul Yoder, who works as a lobbyist for the county, will present his annual state budget report as he reports on the impact of the 2022-2023 state budget on the county.

Truth Act Forum

A public hearing will be held, a forum on the Truth Act, as part of Tuesday’s meeting at 11 a.m. The forum is to be held to receive public comment regarding access to persons given by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE.

Written public comments may be sent by email to [email protected] or by mail to the Board of Supervisors in care of the Chief Clerk, 2800 W. Burrell Ave., Visalia 93251.

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