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.

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BUTTE COUNTY TREASURER-TAX COLLECTOR ADDRESSES CONFUSION OVER TAX DEADLINES

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March 25, 2020

 

BUTTE COUNTY TREASURER-TAX COLLECTOR ADDRESSES CONFUSION OVER TAX DEADLINES

 

Oroville, Calif.-- With the recent extensions of the Federal and State income tax deadlines, we have received many questions surrounding local property tax deadlines. Local County Tax Collectors do not have authority to change the deadline for the second installment of property taxes, due to the delinquency date of April 10, 2020 being established by State law. Local property tax revenues support many essential public services, such as emergency response, public health, and schools.

 

In an effort to protect the health and safety of our community, as well as our employees, the Butte County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office is currently closed to the public. We will continue to have staff available to answer calls, e-mails and process mail delivery payments. Please check www.buttecounty.net/treasurertaxcollector for current hours of operation.

 

Property tax payments can be made online, by phone, or by mail with a timely postmark of April 10, 2020. To pay online, please visit www.buttecounty.net/treasurertaxcollector. To pay by phone, please call 844-882-3391. A convenient drop box is available outside our office at 25 County Center Drive, Suite #125 Oroville, CA 95965 until 5pm on April I0, 2020.

 

For those who are directly impacted, either physically or financially, and are unable to pay timely, there will be a penalty waiver process offered after the April 10, 2020 deadline. The penalty waiver process will require documentation of how you were impacted by the COVID 19 virus, making the timely payment of taxes not possible; for example: reduced hours, lay-offs, business closure, hospitalization, etc.

 

We understand the impact that COVID -19 is having on the economy, our community, as well as our families. We will do our best to work with those severely impacted, either physically or economically, by this crisis and who are unable to pay timely. Please stay safe and healthy and know that we are all in this together.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020 /Number of views (1319) /Categories: News and Announcements
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BUTTE COUNTY ESTABLISHES COVID 19 CALL CENTER

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March 23, 2020

 

BUTTE COUNTY ESTABLISHES COVID 19 CALL CENTER

 

Oroville, Calif.—In an effort to keep the public as informed as possible, Butte County has established a call center to answer questions regarding COVID 19.

 

The call center will be staffed 8AM-5PM, seven days a week. Members of the public with questions about COVID 19 in Butte County are encouraged to call 530.552.3050.

 

We realize there are many questions surrounding COVID 19. The call center will be staffed with multiple call takers, allowing members of the public to reach a live person as quickly as possible.

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Monday, March 23, 2020 /Number of views (921) /Categories: News and Announcements
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STATE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS ISSUE STATEWIDE STAY AT HOME DIRECTIVE

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March 20, 2020

 

STATE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS ISSUE STATEWIDE STAY AT HOME DIRECTIVE

Oroville, Calif—On Thursday, March 19, 2020, California Governor, Gavin Newsom and the State Public Health Officer, issued a public health directive ordering all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence, except those needed to maintain operations of essential services, critical government services, schools, childcare, and construction including housing. The order is effective immediately.

The stay at home order was put into place in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID 19 virus, which in turn will decrease the impact on critical health care services and facilities. Please do not call to report businesses that remain open; the state is working to provide guidance to businesses at this time. We are all in this together, and we appreciate the efforts community members are taking to follow guidance provided by public health officials.

The stay at home order is in effect throughout California, and will remain in place until further notice. “It’s important to understand this order does not mean you can’t leave your house,” said Butte County Board of Supervisors Chair, Steve Lambert. “You can still walk your dog, you can still go grocery shopping, you can still take your kids to the park while practicing social distancing; however, it is critical that we take this order seriously and follow public health directives in an effort to slow the spread of COVID 19.”

General information about the stay at home order is available online at, https://covid19.ca.gov/stay-home-except-for-essential-needs/. For more comprehensive information regarding essential services please refer to information provided by the Department of Homeland Security.

 “Going forward, anyone who develops respiratory illness with fever, we will consider the likelihood that they may have COVID-19,” stated Dr. Andy Miller, Butte County Public Health Officer. “Anyone who becomes sick in the coming weeks and months, should isolate at home away from well people in your home and stay home until it has been at least seven days from the onset of symptoms AND 72 hours that you have been without a fever AND your respiratory symptoms (cough/sneezes) have improved.”

For updated information on COVID 19 in Butte County please visit www.buttecounty.net/publichealth.

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Friday, March 20, 2020 /Number of views (1772) /Categories: News and Announcements
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COUNTY DEPARTMENTS IMPLEMENT REMOTE OR OFFSITE SERVICES

March 19th, 2020

COUNTY DEPARTMENTS IMPLEMENT REMOTE OR OFFSITE SERVICES

Scientific evidence shows social distancing is one of the most effective approaches to slow the transmission of communicable disease. To that end, the County of Butte is adjusting its public facing operations of various departments. These changes will allow essential services to continue, while protecting the public. If you need to engage with these Departments, it is recommended you do so, remotely, with the correlating contact information. Butte County is committed to serving the community to the fullest extent possible while following recommendations for public safety.

The following shows a list of County Departments whose lobbies are closed as of March 18. Services at these sites are continuing with a combination of remote staff and on-site staff.

Thursday, March 19, 2020 /Number of views (1022) /Categories: News and Announcements
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BUTTE COUNTY IMPLEMENTS BOARD MEETING CHANGES BASED ON GUIDANCE FROM THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 13, 2020

 

BUTTE COUNTY IMPLEMENTS BOARD MEETING CHANGES BASED ON GUIDANCE FROM THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

OROVILLE, Calif.-- Based on guidance from the California Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Governor’s Executive Order, Butte County Chief Administrative Officer, Shari McCracken, announced certain changes to the March 24 and April 14, 2020 Butte County Board of Supervisors Meetings. The purpose of the changes is to protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, using methods that have proven effective in prior pandemics.  The changes are as follows:

  • For the March 24 and April 14, 2020 Butte County Board of Supervisors Meetings, the only agenda items that will be included are items essential to operations of the County; items necessary to meet statutory timelines; items in support of emergency response and recovery, such as Camp Fire Recovery and COVID-19 response; and some ceremonial resolutions, though recipients will be encouraged not to attend.
  • Every two seats in the public section of the Board Chambers will be taped off to allow for some social distancing.
  • Members of the public are encouraged to submit comments via e-comments or e-mail instead of in-person.

Efforts are being made to identify a location for remote public viewing and participation in Board Meetings, per the Governor’s Executive Order and waiver of certain Brown Act requirements.  Butte County Officials are also looking at technological tools that will allow the public to provide verbal comment during Board Meetings from a remote location.  The goal is to have the option in place by the April 28, 2020 Board Meeting. “These actions have been taken based on expert guidance, with the health of our community in mind,” said Butte County Board of Supervisors Chair Steve Lambert.  This is a very fluid situation and Butte County will abide by guidance provided by the Butte County Health Officer, as well as State and federal guidance.

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Friday, March 13, 2020 /Number of views (1021) /Categories: News and Announcements
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