County News

May 7, 2013
Power Back On at County Facilities

Several Tulare County buildings impacted by a power distribution failure on Monday will be powered by generators through the rest of this week.

Crews will work on fixing the infrastructure that provides power to four buildings occupied by several County of Tulare departments and the Tulare County Office of Education. The power failure will be completely fixed prior to next business week.

April 23, 2013
Kevin Kemmerling Named 2012 Tulare County Employee of the Year

Tulare County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Kevin Kemmerling had a busy year in 2012. He played an important role in the County’s eradication efforts of illegal marijuana grow sites and helped launch an education campaign to prevent people from drowning.

These examples are just a couple of reasons why the Board of Supervisors announced Tuesday that Sgt. Kemmerling is the 2012 Tulare County Employee of the Year.  

Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Pete Vander Poel said more than 130 County of Tulare employees were nominated from 18 different departments.

“There are thousands of County employees who are passionate about their jobs and duties, however, only one can be selected each year,” Chairman Vander Poel said. “The thing that separated Kevin from all of the others is his exceptional willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty. I commend Kevin and all other nominees for making a difference and bringing extraordinary efforts to work day-in and day-out.”

April 17, 2013
Tulare County Maintains 'Stable' Fitch Ratings

International credit rating agency Fitch Ratings affirmed stable credit ratings today for Tulare County’s implied general obligation and certificates of participation (COPs) series.

County officials say the stable credit ratings will have positive implications should the County seek to finance future capital projects such as new construction, expansion, renovation, or replacement projects to facilities.

Citing Tulare County’s stable economy, healthy financial position, and manageable long term liabilities, Fitch Ratings affirmed the implied general obligation at AA- and the COPs series at A+. An “A” assignment denotes high credit quality while an “AA” assignment denotes very high credit quality, according to Fitch Ratings.

April 9, 2013
Supervisors in Washington, D.C. this week

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors and senior staff today will begin a series of meetings with Federal officials in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday’s meetings will include the following topics: Lake Success, potential federal budget impacts to Tulare County, marijuana cultivation on public lands, Secure Rural Schools, and the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program. All full list of topics and requests are listed below.

Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Pete Vander Poel said past visits to Washington, D.C. have proven to be beneficial and have helped obtain federal funding for Tulare County.

“It’s important that Tulare County provides its representatives in Congress with local input,” Chairman Vander Poel said. “This annual visit helps Federal officials understand Tulare County’s issues, as well as prepare them to advocate for our priority requests.”

During this week’s visit to Washington, D.C., the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to meet with the offices of Congressmen Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy and David Valadao. In addition, meetings with staff of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy & Water, the Senate Committee of the Budget, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior & Environment, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Justice, and the United States Forest Service have been scheduled.

March 27, 2013
Healthy Tulare County Week Scheduled Apr. 1-6

Tulare County is encouraging all residents to live healthier lifestyles by hosting a variety of live awareness events and through social media outreach during “Healthy Tulare County Week,” which is scheduled from April 1 – April 6 in conjunction with National Public Health Week.

As part of his State of the County Address, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Pete Vander Poel said health and wellness of Tulare County residents was a priority during his chairmanship. Healthy Tulare County Week is one aspect of heightening health awareness in Tulare County.

“The more we can educate residents about making positive decisions involving their health, the better,” Chairman Vander Poel said. “Overall, the mission of Healthy Tulare County Week is to improve life in Tulare County.”