Welcome to Butte County

Butte County is a place of natural beauty with countless opportunities for recreation in both rural and urban environments. Many Butte County residents live in one of the five incorporated towns or cities: Biggs, Chico, Gridley, Oroville or Paradise. Butte County government provides services to residents through 23 diverse departments. Services include elections, road maintenance, public safety, solid waste disposal, and health and human services to name a few.

News and Announcements

Butte County Business Ambassador Program Launched

For Immediate Release: October 20, 2016
Contact: Jennifer Macarthy, 530.538.2554

Oroville – The best person to tell the story of why Butte County is a great place to do business is certainly an existing Butte County business. The Butte County Business Ambassador Program was recently launched to highlight local companies that have made the conscious decision to locate and/or expand their business within Butte County. Providing information on why they chose Butte County, as well as information on their experience working with Butte County staff through the development process, the Business Ambassadors stress that Butte County is an excellent location to do business.

Through the Business Ambassador Program, the County will be able to better articulate the benefits of locating within Butte County to both existing companies as well as those considering locating within the region, while at the same time highlighting some exceptional existing companies. The Business Ambassadors will be showcased in a short video clip which is available through the Butte County YouTube Page (www.youtube.com/user/CountyofButte) as well as on the Butte County Economic Development webpage (www.buttebusinessresources.com).

The first two Ambassador videos showcasing All Metals and Almendra Winery & Distillery were shown to the Board of Supervisors last week. Ed Lazzareschi brought All Metals to Butte County in 1982 and has not stopped growing his business since then. All Metals is the leader in metal distribution and processing for area repair shops, industry and manufacturing. “Working with Butte County has always been very good for All Metals and they’ve opened their arms to us. We do appreciate it very much.”

Berton and Carol Bertagna have recently opened the tasting room at Almendra Winery & Distillery after years of farming and winemaking. They have a deep love for Butte County and always support other local businesses. “Everything we do, we focus on local. We really want to focus on what our community and what our County has to offer.”

Butte County is working to identify additional Butte County Ambassadors, and looks forward to highlighting their success.

Almendra Winery & Distillery Business Ambassador Video

All Metals Business Ambassador Video

Thursday, October 20, 2016 /Number of views (563) /Categories: News and Announcements

Fire Fuels Reduction Project Scheduled for Cherokee and Pentz Roads

For Immediate Release: October 13, 2015
Contact: Dennis Schmidt, 530.538.7681

Butte County - The Butte County Department of Public Works will start work on the Cherokee and Pentz Road Fire Fuels Reduction Project on October 25, 2016. Vegetation will be removed along the road, in the County’s right of way, to create defensible space and reduce the threat of wildfire. Public Works Road Crews, the Butte County Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program crews, and CAL FIRE Conservation Camp crews will cut and chip the vegetation. V

Vegetation will be removed to reduce wildfire threat along Pentz Road from the Paradise Town limits to Highway 70 and also on portions of Cherokee Road. Crews will begin work on October 25, 2016 and the project will be completed by the end of spring 2017. Please watch for lane closures and traffic controls along both Pentz and Cherokee Roads. 

This project is funded by a $47,426 grant from CAL FIRE’s State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fund with a 30% match from the Butte County Road Fund. These funds are aimed at reducing the threat of large wildfires in and around communities within the State Responsibility Area of California.

Fire Fuels Reduction Project
Thursday, October 13, 2016 /Number of views (705) /Categories: News and Announcements

Medical Marijuana Plants Seized for Violations to County Cultivation Ordinance

For Immediate Release: October 5, 2016, 1:40 p.m.
Contact: Tim Snellings, 530.538.7601

A warrant to abate (cut down and remove) marijuana plants being grown in violation of Butte County’s local cultivation ordinance, commonly called “Measure A”, was executed yesterday on Bangor Park Road in Oroville by the Butte County Code Enforcement Division and the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit. Investigators with the Butte County District Attorney’s Office also assisted SEU with conducting a search warrant on the same property. 

The operation resulted in seizure of 491 marijuana plants (3,220 pounds) with a street value of more than $750,000. The search warrant turned up a fully-automatic AK-47 assault rifle and 3 individuals from Los Angeles and Riverside County were arrested for possession of a machinegun, possession of an assault weapon, and possession of a firearm with the serial number removed or altered. The property had 2 RVs, 3 manufactured homes, and several tents, which were all unpermitted. Inside the units were areas being used to process marijuana and sleeping quarters with personal belongings.  

The marijuana being grown on the property appeared to be in compliance with Proposition 215 under a contract with a collective in southern California. However, an administrative hearing officer determined no marijuana could be cultivated because there is no legal residence on the property. As a result of the hearing officer’s decision, the property owner was given 10 days to bring the property into compliance, and when he failed to do so, the County obtained an abatement warrant and abated the nuisance. 

Butte County’s local cultivation ordinance generally allows up to 150 square feet of medical marijuana to be grown by patients or caregivers as long as land use requirements are met that address public health and safety. Cultivation sites in violation of local restrictions can be considered a public nuisance and the County can seek an order for the nuisance to be abated, as was the case for the property on Bangor Park Road. “We often see multiple issues with large cultivation sites like this one,” say Tim Snellings, Development Services Director. “We see unsafe, unsanitary living conditions for workers, criminal activity, and damage to the environment.” Butte County encourages residents cultivating medical marijuana to Stay in the Box.

Loading Seized Marijuana Bangor Park Cultivation Site Seized Fully-automatic AK-47 Assault Rifle
Wednesday, October 05, 2016 /Number of views (968) /Categories: News and Announcements
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Property Tax Postponement Program Reinstated by State

For immediate release: September 15, 2016, 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Peggy Moak, 530.538.7443

The State Controller’s Property Tax Postponement (PTP) Program, which has been suspended for the past seven years, has recently been reinstated with modifications designed to make the program self-sustaining. The California Association of County Treasurers and Tax Collectors (CACTTC) collaborated with the State Controller’s Office over a two year period, working diligently to craft legislation that would benefit those homeowners in most need of assistance while satisfying the need of the legislature to ensure self-sufficiency of the program. “Working with fellow Treasurer-Tax Collectors, legislators and the SCO to reinstate this PTP Program has been a worthwhile and gratifying experience”, stated Peggy Moak, Butte County Treasurer-Tax Collector. “It is an issue that has been of great concern over the past several years, especially as we have seen the impact that suspension of the Program has had on the neediest of the state’s senior and/or disabled homeowner population.”

All California property owners are required to pay annual taxes based on the property’s assessment. Failure to pay property taxes may result in property owners being subject to penalties and interest, tax liens, foreclosures or tax auctions. From 1978 until the suspension of PTP in 2009, eligible applicants (generally, low income senior or disabled) were able to defer payment of their residential property taxes under the program administered by the State Controller.

PTP applies only to current-year taxes, meaning any prior years’ defaulted taxes must be paid current before applying for the PTP Program. Program participants must reapply for the program each year and demonstrate they continue to meet eligibility requirements. The legislature narrowed the requirements to accommodate the program’s limited funds, so not everyone who participated prior to 2009 will qualify. For instance, manufactured or “mobile” homes are no longer eligible properties for the program. To be eligible for property tax postponement, a homeowner must be 62 or older, or blind, or have a disability. The homeowner must also have an annual household income of $35,500 or less, have at least 40 percent equity in the property, and occupy the home as the primary residence, among other requirements.

The interest rate for taxes postponed under PTP is seven percent (7%) per year. Postponed taxes and interest become due and payable under PTP when the homeowner moves or sells the property, transfers title, defaults on a senior lien, refinances, obtains a reverse mortgage, or passes away.

The program application and details are on the State Controller’s Office (SCO) website, by phone at (800) 952-5661 or via email at postponement@sco.ca.gov. The Butte County Tax Collector’s website also has information and links to the SCO PTP Program, and applications are available at the Tax Collector’s office at 25 County Center Drive, Suite 125, in Oroville.

The State Controller’s team will begin processing applications for the reinstated program as of October 1st. Moak encourages potential applicants to apply as soon as possible, as State funding for the program is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Thursday, September 15, 2016 /Number of views (1121) /Categories: News and Announcements
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Bridge Construction on the Oregon Gulch Road Bridge across Morris Ravine

For Immediate Release: September 8, 2016, 1:00 p.m.
Contact: Department of Public Works: 530.538.7861

The Butte County Department of Public Works plans to begin construction on the Oregon Gulch Road Bridge across Morris Ravine on September 12, 2016. Traffic flow will be maintained across the existing bridge until it is removed when construction is complete. Traffic control will only be in place if traffic needs to be staged or reduced to one lane. Completion of the bridge is estimated for the spring of 2017. The bridge is located on Oregon Gulch Road, approximately 750 feet east off of Cherokee Road, and north of the Feather River diversion pool.

The proposed project will involve replacing the existing bridge with a new single span bridge on a new alignment immediately adjacent, and just downstream, of the current crossing. The new bridge will be approximately 71’-5” in length and it will accommodate two 12 foot lanes with a four foot shoulders for an overall width of 32 feet between bridge railing and approach guardrail.  The new approach roadway will be constructed and will be nearly 400 feet on either side of the bridge. Retaining walls will also be constructed near the new bridge.

Thursday, September 08, 2016 /Number of views (1551) /Categories: News and Announcements
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