County News

December 12, 2013
Tulare County Closer to Receiving $40 Million For New Correctional Facility

Tulare County is one step closer to receiving $40 million in state funds to replace the existing Men’s Correctional Facility and Day Reporting Center located north of Visalia.

A committee of the Board of State and Community Corrections recommended today to allocate $500 million to 15 counties for upgrading local jails to include rehabilitative program space that meets Gov. Jerry Brown’s prison and public safety realignment goals. The recommendations will be considered at the Board of State and Community Corrections meeting on Jan. 16, 2014 in Los Angeles.

“This is very exciting news for Tulare County,” said Pete Vander Poel, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “This is a facility that is certainly needed due to the influx of state prisoners as a result of realignment. I would like to commend the Tulare County team that put together the application that will ultimately meet a very important need.”

Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said the recommendation is extremely good news for his department.

"I am so pleased with the positive collaborative effort from all of the County partners that made this proposal viable,” Sheriff Boudreaux said. “The future of this department and the County as a whole requires us to actively seek opportunities such as this to improve the infrastructure of our Detention Facilities. Our team has been diligently working on this project, making several trips to Sacramento. I am excited for the project and for the future of our department."

December 9, 2013
Property Taxes Due

Tulare County Auditor-Controller/Treasurer-Tax Collector, Rita A. Woodard, would like to remind taxpayers that the first installment of secured property taxes must be paid by December 10, 2013 to avoid additional penalties, and of the convenient payment options available.

December 9, 2013
Affordable Care Act Community Forum to be Held in Pixley

Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency is co-sponsoring a community forum in Pixley to assist with educating the public about health care coverage options under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

During the forum, the Central Valley Health Network, United Way, and a panel of other partner agencies will provide an overview of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and available health care coverage options. Enrollment assistance will be available at this event for those interested.

December 4, 2013
Library's "Food For Fines" Program a Success

On December 3rd the Tulare County Library gave more than 150 boxes of food items to Foodlink for Tulare County.  The donations were the results of the month-long November ‘Food for Fines’ program held in all fifteen branches of the county library.

Last month, anyone who brought in non-perishable food items to any branch of the Tulare County Library had their fines reduced or eliminated.  The library forgave $2405.60 in fines for donors to the program.  In addition, many library patrons made donations without having fines on their library accounts.

December 2, 2013
Tulare County Digital Photography Contest Underway

Tulare County’s Information & Communications Technology Department (TCiCT) is hosting its Second Annual Digital Photography Contest.

The purpose of the contest is to ask the public to help showcase the beauty of Tulare County in a variety of ways.  Photographers of all ages and skill levels are eligible to participate.  There are four different classes of photography: City, Agriculture, Mountains, and new this year, Instagram.  The photos must be images of Tulare County.  Contestants may submit up to five (5) photos total.  The purpose of the contest is to involve any and all citizens of Tulare County and any interested parties in capturing images that best depict the County of Tulare.