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

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 (214) /Categories: News and Announcements

County Wins Two Awards for Innovation in Government

For immediate release: Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 10:15 a.m.
Jeremy Wilson, 530.990.1811 (Youth Mind Matters)
Melissa Romero, 530.538.6069 (Strengthening Families)

The Butte County Library and Department of Behavioral Health were awarded a 2016 Challenge Award from the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) for Your Mind Matters, a program providing access to essential mental health resources while reducing the stigmatization of mental health. Butte County Probation was awarded a 2016 Merit Award from CSAC for integrating Strengthening Families curriculum in the Wraparound program to provide family skills training and reduce problem behaviors, delinquency, and alcohol and drug abuse in children.

Each year, CSAC honors the most innovative programs developed and implemented by California Counties with Challenge Awards. These unique awards recognize the innovative and creative spirit of California county governments as they find innovative, effective and cost-saving ways to provide programs and services to residents. This year, CSAC received a record number of award entries (279). An independent panel of judges with expertise in county programs selected the award recipients.

Your Mind Matters

Butte County Library employees noticed that some users exhibited disruptive behaviors that might be tied to severe mental illness or substance abuse. The Library coordinated with Behavioral Health to develop a program to better equip staff to assist these library users and make those with mental health challenges feel welcome at the library. Your Mind Matters provided training for employees and volunteers including looking at problem scenarios, mental health issues, and stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness. A wild range of library programs and resources were offered to help the community become aware of mental health challenges, resources, and the need to reduce stigmatization.

Strengthening Families

Probation youth who at risk to re-offend and have “high” needs such as drug and alcohol abuse, housing instability, history of abuse or neglect, or family dysfunction, are noticeably underserved. Butte County Probation’s answer is to incorporate Strengthening Families curriculum into Wraparound services being provided. The curriculum helps parents and caregivers learn nurturing skills that support their children and teaches them how to effectively discipline and guide children while also giving youth skills for dealing with stress and peer pressure. The greatest challenge is getting families to participate since the relationship with Probation Officers has often been viewed as adversarial by many probationers and their families. Probation is changing this perception and Strengthening Families is one of the programs helping them build trust, in an effort to help as many families and youth succeed as possible.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 /Number of views (294) /Categories: News and Announcements

County Encourages Residents to Recycle Green Waste Closer to Home

For immediate release: Monday, September 12, 2015, 9:00 a.m.
Contact: Bill Mannel, 530.879.2350

Oroville, CA – Green and wood waste has a beneficial use as source material for compost. Butte County is encouraging residents who haul green and wood waste to the Neal Road Recycling and Waste Facility (Neal Road Facility) to instead take it to a compost facility in their community. Compost and green waste collection facilities accepting green and wood waste are available in Chico, Oroville, Paradise, and the Gridley, Biggs communities. Taking this waste to a local facility can save a trip out to Neal Road and keep this material out of the landfill.

Historically, the Neal Road Facility has been able to recycle green and wood waste because it could be ground up and sent to biomass energy plants for conversion to energy. The money the biomass plants paid for the wood chips covered the cost to haul it away and kept the bulky material out of the landfill. This recycling option allowed the Neal Road Facility to take green and wood waste at a reduced fee of $12 per ton. Recent closure of many biomass plants in California means the Neal Road Facility can no longer recycle the green and wood waste it receives. Losing the recycling option for this material means the Neal Road Facility can no longer offer the reduced rate of $12 per ton. This reduced rate will be discontinued on December 1, 2016. There will be no change for residents with commercial green waste pickup as those waste haulers already take this material to local or regional compost facilities.

The County’s focus now is encouraging residents who haul their own green and wood waste to recycle it locally in their communities so it can be turned into compost. “We know this is going to be a change of habit for some people who are used to bringing green waste out to Neal Road,” says Bill Mannel, Deputy Director, Department of Public Works Waste Management Division. "For many people, there is actually a facility closer to them than coming out to Neal Road.” A list of compost facilities will be provided to customers who come to the Neal Road Facility over the next several months to help get people ready for the change. The County will also work with local waste haulers and compost facilities to inform the community about the change and location of local compost and green waste collection facilities. For more information visit www.recyclebutte.net.

Compost and Green Waste Recycling Facilities in Your Community

City of Chico Compost Facility
4441 Cohasset Road, Chico

Ord Ranch Road Transfer Station
119 Ord Ranch Road, Gridley

Recology in Oroville
2720 S. 5th Avenue, Oroville

Old Durham Wood
1156 Oro-Chico Hwy, Durham

Northern Recycling & Waste Service
920 American Way, Paradise

Monday, September 12, 2016 /Number of views (332) /Categories: News and Announcements

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 (668) /Categories: News and Announcements

Traffic Advisory for Creston Road

Traffic Advisory: Delays Expected August 29, 2016 to September 23, 2016

Traffic Advisory
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 22, 2016 – 10:15 a.m.
Butte County Public Works, 530.538.7681
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Traffic control will be in place on Creston Road from Skyway to Ponderosa Way beginning Monday, August 29, 2016 until September 23, 2016 in order for a pavement overlay to be applied. The work will be performed from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

Drivers should expect delays during work hours and use caution while passing through the work zone. Drivers should plan alternate routes if possible to avoid the area.

Monday, August 22, 2016 /Number of views (683) /Categories: News and Announcements