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Business License Exemptions for Agricultural Operations

You may have received a notice from the Imperial County Treasurer - Tax Collector regarding business license requirements. Currently, all businesses located within county limits are required to obtain a license. However, there are exemptions from paying the Business License fee for agricultural operations. You may claim an examption if you are registered with the Imperial County Agricultural Commissioner under one of the following categories:

  1. Section 14006.5 of the Food & Agricultural Code related to retricted materials permits;
  2. Section 6622 of Title 3 of the California of regulations relating to operator identificacion numbers;
  3. Section 46013.1 of the Food & Agricultural Code relating to certified organic farming.

‚ÄčIf you have already obtained a license and have received a renewal notice, please note the Business License fee is included in total amount due. If you qualify for the exemption, simply deduct fee from the payment and provide documentation as needed. If you have any question, contact Linsey at the Farm Bureau office at (760) 352-3831.

 

California Becomes Second State to Offer Paid Sick Leave

California has become only the second state (after Connecticut) to guarantee at least some annual paid sick leave for most full and part-time employees. The bill, entitled the "Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act," (AB 1522, Gonzales, D-San Diego) passed with hefty majorities in the Assembly and Senate, and Governor Brown signed it on September 10.

  1. Effective Date: July 1,2015
  2. Requires public and private employers (no size exemption) to provide employees who work 30 or more days within a year after their hire date with sick leave  "at the rate of not less than one hour per every 30 hours worked."
  3. Employees would be entitled to use paid sick time for preventive care for themselves or family member, as well as for the diagnosis, care, or treatment of their or their family member's existing health condition. For purposes of this bill, "family member" means a (1) child, (2) parent, (3) spouse, (4) registered domestic partner, (5) grandparent or employee who is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.
  4. Salaried, exempt employees are deemed to work a 40 hour workweek.
  5. Exemptions provided for employees with certain collective bargaining agreements, some constructions industry workers, home healthcare workers, and certain airline employees covered by the federal Railway Labor Act.
  6. Requires employers to carry over unused sick leave from year to year; employer may limit employees' total use of paid sick leave to 24 hours or three days per yer. No obligation to allow any accruals to exceed 48 hours of 6 days.
  7. Mandates that employer provide written notice of available sick leave on the itemized wage statement already required or in a separate notice each pay period.
  8. Employer is not required to provide paid sick leave in addition to existing paid leave policies of existing policies provide at least same benefits.
  9. Employer notice will be required with posting to be developed by the Department of Industrial Relation.

 

Equitable Distribution Plan

In 2006, IID launched an effort to evaluate the different methods for the equitable districution of waster within its service area in times where water user demand exceeds supply.  The district hired two consultants: Dr. Michael Hanemann, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley and Bennett Brooks with CONCUR, Inc. to undertake an analysis that assessed and ranked different methodologies for the equitable distribution of water.  On November 28, 2006, the IID Board of Directors approved the development of an equitable districution plan to apportion agricultural water users using the straight-line method for years that conditions trigger a supply/demand imbalance (SDI) declaration.  On June 19, 2007 the IID general manager recommended that the board of directors declare an SDI condition in 2008 adn set in motion the process of developing a system of apportionment based on the straight-line method for future board consideration and action.  The board approved this recommendation unanimoustly in order to initiate development of equitable distribution program, including implementation rules and policies.  

Since the EDP was established there has been public workshops which have led to several different resolutions to the plan.  The latest was on October 28, 2013 where the IID Board of Directors approved resolution No. 26-2013, whichi amends the Regulations of Equitable Distribution.  

Smoke Management Policy

The county's Smoke Management Policy establishes procedures for notification and traffic re-routing to reduce the impact of agricultural burns on residents. To download copies of the policy in English and Spanish, click here. In addition, click here to view a quote from Acme Sign for the required signage.

 

Illegal Dumping in Rural Imperial County

We all know illegal dumping in the rural areas of Imperial County is a huge problem. To help combat this problem, the County of Imperial has developed an Illegal Dumping Task Force, which is made up of representatives of local companies and organizations, as well as County staff members. Farm Bureau participates with four representatives on the task force.

Rural residents and businesses know all too well the costs of cleaning up what other people have dumped on your property.

The focus of the Illegal Dumping Task Force is not only to clean up the dumping that has already taken place, but also to develop ways to prevent dumping in the future. These efforts will include public outreach, making proper waste collection more efficient for residents, and increased enforcement & penalties for dumping illegally.

If you have any questions about the Illegal Dumping Task Force, contact Farm Bureau or call the County's Environmental Health Department at 760-336-8530.