Some California Valley residents asking county to audit books of services district

Some residents of California Valley have asked the Board of Supervisors to audit the books of the community services district.

The request was prompted by last week’s civil Grand Jury report, which found management problems within the district.

Resident Prince Frazier said the health and welfare of the residents are at stake. Patti Nolen added that with the current members of the CSD “the fox is guarding the henhouse.”

They and others asked for the county to dissolve the CSD or at a minimum audit the books.

The Grand Jury had written that the county “need(s) to confirm that assessment monies are being designated and used as prescribed by law.”

County Supervisor Jim Patterson, who has been trying to mediate California Valley’s long-standing problems, said that the county has a very small role to play, and none in dissolving the district. That, he noted, is the job of the Local Agency Formation Commission, known as LAFCO.

Mistrust between community factions has long dogged California Valley, which sits more than 50 miles northeast of San Luis Obispo. Infighting between longtime residents and relative newcomers has prompted a number of bitter disputes that routinely spill over during contentious services district meetings.

The Board of Supervisors, as well as the county Auditor-Controller, Tax Collector, and California Valley Community services District must file formal responses to the Grand Jury report by mid-August.

-Bob Cuddy

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