Supervisors approve contract for budget advisor

While Plumas County Supervisors made it clear last month that the new county administrator needs to learn the budget process, they did allow him to offer a much-reduced contract to an independent budget consultant.

Instead of the $35,000 contract for an entire year of support assistance, CA Gabriel Hydrick said that Susan Scarlett would work through September for a contract not to exceed $15,000.

Supervisors approved the contract.


Scarlett was brought on to assist supervisors and Auditor Roberta Allen to prepare fiscal budgets in lieu of the county not having a county administrative officer.

Hydrick was hired earlier this year with the expectation that he would be handling the budgeting process with Allen. Supervisor Michael Sanchez told Hydrick at the June 11 meeting that he realized Hydrick was new, but he needed to get his feet under him.

Scarlett’s approved contract runs from July 1 to Sept. 31, considered as the budget cycle by the county.

Besides the wage agreement, the contract includes insurance coverage for general liability, professional liability, workers compensation insurance and automobile liability coverage.

No discussion between supervisors or the CA took place.