Balancing the County’s Budget Deficitson the Backs of Children
By Ray A. March
Jan. 10, 2002 continues
Michelson Corrects Knoch
Wasting no time, Donna Michelson sent a memo back to Cheryl Knoch the same day that Knoch had complained in her memo of ill treatment at being left out of the commission‘s Jan. 9 meeting.
First, Michelson deflected Knoch’s insinuation that the commission had ignored her by pointing out that the commission’s public hearings were posted at all major post offices in the county and publicized in advance in the “Gatherings What’s Happening” section of the Modoc County Record.
Second, Michelson offered to add Knoch to the commission’s mailing list and said she would send a copy of the minutes. If Knoch wanted a tape recording of the Jan. 9 meeting in question, Michelson would provide it.
Third, Michelson corrected Knoch by telling her, “I don’t recall any statements during the meeting regarding you,” explaining that Dr. Edward Richert, acting chair, had asked if state guidelines required the commission to deposit Prop. 10 money in the county treasury.
“My response was the state commission requires the initial deposit be made into the county treasury, but the Modoc County Children and Families Commission’s trust fund must be separate and distinct from county money,” Michelson informed Knoch.
As for Knoch’s reference to her investment strategies, Michelson again informed the county treasurer that she was mistaken.
“The discussion around investments was in reference to the Modoc County Children and Families Commission’s violations,” Michelson wrote referring to the commission’s decision in 2000 to invest only ten percent of the trust funds. “It is unfortunate someone has made you think otherwise.”
Michelson said she would bring Knoch’s letter of concern along with her response to the Jan. 30 meeting of the commission. But by Jan. 30 the commission would be preoccupied with firing Michelson.
Next: Part 20
Knoch prepares a lengthy memo to the Children and Families Commission in which she attempts to impress it with a weighty decision process that’s best left to the treasurer -- or as CPA Kristin L. Domenichelli characterized it -- scare tactics.