[Butte County] News of Our Past (25 Years Ago): Grand jury reports Butte’s a have-not county

Blog note: I’m a history buff. The county grand jury continues to investigate and report on Oroville. The financial situation is still an issue.

OROVILLE — Rising poverty and welfare levels are taxing the county’s limited resources, the Butte County grand jury concluded in its 1992-93 final report made public today. It revealed that 18.9 percent of families in Butte County are considered below the poverty line, compared with a statewide poverty rate of 12.5 percent.

Welfare caseloads involving 10.1 percent of the population are also proportionally higher than the 6.8 percent state level, while median family incomes are smaller and unemployment is higher, 9.4 percent, compared to 7.5 percent statewide. However, a study of six counties showed Butte with the fewest welfare recipients involved in mandatory job training programs …

The report suggests the county hire more welfare caseworkers for closer monitoring of cases while weeding out those who may not be eligible for cash benefits under the Aid for Families With Dependent Children program (AFDC). …

The outgoing grand jury concluded the county was coping fairly well, given its dire financial situation. The grand jury did find that recent budget cuts left a deep gap in local health services compared with other state counties. Butte now spends about $15 per capita on health programs, less than half the average spent by other state counties. …

July 1, 2018

Chico Enterprise-Record (article first printed on July 7, 1993)

By Sally Mau