County approves $147 million 2022-2023 budget

At its Tuesday, Sept. 20 meeting, the Lassen County Board of Supervisors held a public hearing and then approved a $146,997,989 budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year.

County Administrative Officer Richard Egan advised the board the county still had not closed its books for the previous year due to a new accounting system, but he felt the assumptions the county was working under were mostly accurate.

He advised the board there could be large increases in costs due to inflation, and the county is spending the last of its $3 million in COVID-19 monies received in August that would not be available again next year. The county received a total of $6 million in COVID relief monies.

According to the staff report, the budget includes projected revenues of $133 million against expenditures of $146 million.

The budget includes an estimated $3,500 in Hemp Tax and $150,000 in Marijuana Tax. The Planning and Building Division expects $62,000 in marijuana revenue including citations, code enforcement and abatement.

The county will make its $80,000 annual contribution to the Honey Lake Recreation Authority.

According to the staff report, “The recommended budget is balance without a fiscal year contribution from the General Reserve, which has a projected ending balance of $1,488,401 for 22-23.”