County News

February 21, 2014
Visalia Mayor to Serve As Guest Speaker at County Library's "Getting to Know" Series
February 26, 2014
Outreach Meetings Scheduled to Discuss State Oversight of Public Water Systems
February 12, 2014
Dollar General to Open in Earlimart

South Tulare County residents will soon have another retail option in the unincorporated community of Earlimart.

The nation’s newest Dollar General is set to open its doors at the White River Plaza located at the northeastern corner of Avenue 56 (Sierra Highway) and CA State Route 99, in Earlimart, CA.

The construction of the 9,100 square feet building is complete, the shelves are being stocked, and the final details are being completed prior to the opening.  The new Dollar General store will be officially open to the public on Saturday, February 15, 2014, according to Bob Munoz, the District Manager of Operations for Dollar General.  A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for 8 a.m. with prizes, store giveaways and food.

“Dollar General has more retail locations in the United States than any other retailer with over 11,000 stores in 40 states from coast to coast,” said Michael Washam, Tulare County Economic Development Manager.  “The new store will offer shoppers the products they use and replenish most frequently, such as packaged foods, snacks, pet supplies, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, paper products, basic apparel, housewares and seasonal items.”

February 4, 2014
County Proclaims Local Emergency Due to Drought

The Tulare County Board of Supervisors today unanimously proclaimed a local emergency due to the statewide drought, called for state legislators to place a water bond on a future ballot, and formed an ad hoc committee to address future water advocacy strategy.

Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Phil Cox said the proclamation of local emergency enables Tulare County to recover any future drought response costs and also makes the County eligible for any other drought-related assistance in the future.

“This is a very serious issue that can potentially destroy our local economy,” Chairman Cox said. “The Board would like to encourage everybody to step up and conserve as much water as you can.”

February 3, 2014
Applicants Needed for Indian Gaming Funding

The Tulare County Indian Gaming Local Community Benefit Committee (IGLCBC) is seeking grant applications from interested special districts and local governments who can mitigate impacts related to the Eagle Mountain Casino.

Senate Bill 621, which became law on January 1, 2004, makes grant funding available to counties, cities and special districts impacted by tribal gaming from the Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund (SDF).  Gaming tribes that operated 200 or more gaming devices on or before September 1, 1999 contribute a variable portion of their net winnings into the SDF.  In Tulare County, the Tule River Tribe contributes winnings from the Eagle Mountain Casino. The seven-member Tulare County IGLCBC is responsible for selecting these grants.

In Tulare County, $268,177.87 in grant funding is available for distribution in Fiscal Year 2013-14. The Tule River Tribe must sponsor the grants and affirm that the proposed grant projects have a reasonable relationship to the impacts of their casino, in addition to other requirements.