Board of Supervisors
The Board of Supervisors is the legislative and executive governing body of Madera County government. One Supervisor is elected from each of the five supervisorial districts of the County.
Within the limits prescribed by State law, the Board enacts ordinances and rules, determines County policy, supervises the activities of County departments, adopts an annual budget, and fixes salaries.
The Board meets regularly the first four Tuesdays of each month and occasionally on Mondays in the Board Chambers of the County Government Center in Madera. The public is invited to attend and participate. Any member of the public wishing to bring a matter to the attention of the Board may contact the Clerk of the Board so the item can be placed on the agenda.
ANY INDIVIDUAL WITH A DISABILITY MAY REQUEST SPECIAL ASSISTANCE BY CONTACTING THE CHIEF CLERK TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.
THE COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETS AS THE FOLLOWING:
- Madera County Flood Control and Water Conservation Agency
The purpose of this Agency is to govern County-wide water conservation, development of water resources, control of drainage, storm, flood and other waters. It provides for the conservation, development, control and use of water for public good and protection of life and property.
- Maintenance Districts and Service Areas
The Board serves as Directors of subdivided areas for 49 Maintenance Districts and 21 Services Areas to administer projects, budget and expenditure of funds for the purposes of roads, lighting, sewer, water, fire and recreation.
- Public Financing Authority
The Board prepares a redevelopment plan for each project area; holds and conducts hearings thereon.
- Redevelopment Agency
The Board prepares a redevelopment plan for each project area; holds and conducts hearings thereon.
The County Administrative Officer (CAO) is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Supervisors. The CAO serves the legislative function of the Board by providing research, information and recommendations, and serves all of the executive functions of the Board by administering and supervising all County departments in matters that are the responsibility of the Board.
Agricultural Commissioner/Weights and Measures
The goal of the Madera County Department of Agriculture is to promote and protect the agricultural industry of Madera County. Our office is dedicated to protecting California agriculture from the spread of destructive pests, promoting the safe and responsible use of pesticides to allow for the protection of crops, and protecting human health and the environment.
Madera County Animal Services is a county agency whose purpose is to provide humane and professional solutions for animal related problems, to encourage responsible behaviors, and to create a safer environment for people and animals to co-exist.
Our mission is to create equitable, timely and accurate property tax assessments to fund public services. We will strive to be a source of accurate and timely property information for local government and the community.
- Assessment Appeals
Assessor's Maps - Cadastral Drafting
- Parcel Maps
- GIS Layers and Information
- Access to Other Public Records
- Bonds - How they Affect Sales Price and Assessments
- Business Personal Property
- Calendar of Important Property Tax Dates
Change in Ownership
- Owners Must Notify the Assessor of any Change in Ownership
- Owners Must Notify the Assessor of any Change in Ownership
Change in Ownership Reassessment Exclusions
- Husband/Wife (Inter-Spousal) Change in Ownership Exclusion
- Parent/Child Change in Ownership Exclusion
- Grandparent to Grandchild Change in Ownership Exclusion
- Proportional Interest Transfer Change in Ownership Exclusion
- Decline in Value - PROP 8
Decline in Value Reassessments
- Removal of Improvements
- Calamity and Disaster Relief
- Declines in Market Value under Proposition 8
- Direct Levies, Benefit/Special Assessments
- Disabled Veterans'
- Mobilehomes & Manufactured Homes
New Construction Reassessment Exclusions
- Builders' Inventory Exclusion
- Active Solar Energy System New Construction Exclusion
- Fire Sprinkler, Fire Extinguishing, Fire Detection, and Fire-related Egress Improvements New Construction Exclusion
- Disabled Access New Construction Exclusion
- Disabled Access - Residences Eligible for the Homeowners' Exemption
- Disabled Access - Structures Not Eligible for the Homeowners' Exemption
- Earthquake Mitigation/Seismic Retrofit New Construction Exclusion
- Personal Property
- Possessory Interests
- Property Tax Assistance
Proposition 13 Base Year Value Transfers to Replacement Properties
- Principal Residence Intra-County Base Year Value Transfers (Prop 60)
- Principal Residence Inter-County Base Year Value Transfers (Prop 90)
- Severely Disabled Principal Base Year Value Transfers (Prop 60/90)
- Base Year Value Transfers for Property Taken by Eminent Domain or Acquired by a Government entity (Prop 3)
- Property Acquired or Constructed to Replace Property Destroyed or Substantially Damaged in a
- Formally Declared Disaster Area
Public Information and Access to Assessor's Records
- Access to Assessor's Public Records
- Access to Owners' Confidential Records
- Public Information Available by Phone
- Property and Assessment Information Available on the Internet
Real Property Appraisal and Assessments
- Tax Rates
- Special Assessments & Direct Levies
- State Assessed Property - The Utility Roll
- The Williamson Act & The Farmland Security Zone Act
- Assessment Information
The Auditor-Controller is the chief accounting and disbursing officer of the County. The Auditor maintains the accounts of County government, School Districts, and most Special Districts.
- Board of Supervisors
Behavioral Health Services
We envision a world where all persons with addictions and mental illness can achieve recovery and can live with dignity and respect as valued members of their families and communities.
Behavioral Health Services Mental Health Services (MHSA) 3-Year Plan Public Comment Period - Please assist in the planning process and provide your input HERE.
Child Support Services
To improve the lives of children by obtaining financial and medical support through locating parents, establishing paternity and support obligations, and enforcing those obligations.
Clerk of the Board
This department performs all acts required by law or by ordinance as directed by the Board; answers varied inquiries and provides information regarding Board actions; prepares the agenda for Board meetings and keeps official records of actions taken by the Board; plans, organizes, and directs the clerical services for the Board; and processes legal documents, notices, and orders of the Board.
Community & Economic Development Department
Environmental Health consists of those organized activities undertaken to protect and enhance the public's health through the control of potentially harmful materials, organisms, energies and conditions in the environment. The term "health" is used in its broadest context to mean not just the absence of disease, but rather a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being.
Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA)
The Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) works to ensure that all businesses in Madera County handle store and dispose of hazardous materials and hazardous wastes in compliance with applicable laws and regulations in order to protect the health and environment of the citizens of Madera County.
The program consists of:
- Aboveground Petroleum Storage Act
- Underground Storage Tanks
- Hazardous Materials Business Plans
- Hazardous Waste Generator
- On Site Hazardous Waste Treatment
- California Accidental Release Program (CalARP)
- Inspections, Permitting and Enforcement
- Investigation of Complaints regarding Hazardous Materials or Waste
- Proposition 65 Reporting
- Emergency Response
- Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA)
The Planning Department functions as the planning agency for the unincorporated area of Madera County, formulating and implementing the general plan and community plans, and coordinating land use considerations in accordance with the zoning ordinance.
The Madera County Fire Marshal's Office provides plan review and inspection services to all unincorporated areas of Madera County in order to implement the fire and life safety regulations and building standards established and adopted by the State Fire Marshal and County Board of Supervisors.
- Environmental Health
The men and women of the Madera County Department of Corrections are committed to providing quality professional correctional services to the citizens of Madera County.
County Clerk division is charged with issuing public and confidential marriage licenses, performing civil marriage ceremonies, filing fictitious business name statements, and other miscellaneous ministerial duties.
Elections/ Registrar of Voters
Elections is a division of the County Clerk-Recorder's office and is run by the County Clerk-Recorder.
This office records documents and files maps, and maintains cross-reference indices to these records. Documentary transfer tax is collected on transfers of real property.
- Elections/ Registrar of Voters
The County Counsel serves as legal advisor in civil matters for all County offices, departments, boards and commissions, school districts, and other districts.
The District Attorney is responsible for criminal prosecution of all violations of State and County Law and also acts as legal counsel for the Grand Jury. The Department conducts investigations to supplement the work of other law enforcement organizations and originates investigations of persons suspected of illegally acquiring welfare resources through its Special Investigations Unit.
- Fire Department
Human Resources/Operations Division
Among the responsibilities of the Department of Human Resources/Operations Division are recruitment and examination activities, employer-employee relations, salary administration, benefits administration, employee classification, processing of employee status changes, and a variety of payroll duties.
- Staff Spotlights
Madera County Information Technology is a professional customer service based organization that advances the County's delivery of cost effective and innovative public services, through coordinated application of technology.
- Madera County Library
Our mission is to serve the citizenry of Madera County by discharging the duties assigned us by California statutes. Since these duties are many and varied, our mission is multiple.
The office of Madera County Public Guardian is authorized by California Statute. In Madera County the Public Guardian also serves as Public Administrator, but the functions of the Public Administrator are seperate and apart from the conservatorship function.
The Madera County Public Health Department protects and promotes the health of our the community by means of preventive medical and educational services.
- Public Health Archive
- Public Health Emergency Notifications
- Public Works Department
Resource Management Agency (RMA)
The Madera County Resource Management Agency (RMA) was formed in 2002 by County Ordinance 585. In January 2013, the Board of Supervisors approved staff recommendations to change the management structure of the RMA.
The Board of Supervisors approved the formal reorganization of RMA, effective September 1, 2014, into two distinct departments as follows:
- Department of Public Works- encompasses a majority of the former Engineering Department and the Road Department, including Special District services.
- Department of Community & Economic Development- encompasses the former Planning Department, Environmental Health Department, Department of Fire Prevention and the Building Services functions of the former Engineering Department.
The County Engineer's office provides a variety of services related to land development and public works. The Engineering Department is responsible for all aspects of public works with the exception of roads and bridges and for all new construction and development on County-owned property.
Maintenance Districts and Service Areas- Listing
There are in excess of 100 Maintenance Districts and Service Areas (hereafter referred to as "districts") located throughout Madera County. They were formed for the purpose of providing one or more specialized service (s) to the residents. Services provided may include water, sewer, road maintenance, lighting, drainage, etc. The Board of Supervisors acts as the Board of Directors for, and on behalf of each property owner in the district. While the Road Department oversees districts providing road maintenance, the Engineering Department, or more specifically, the Special Districts Department, oversees the daily operations of sewer and water districts. Click on any of the districts listed below for more detailed information.
The Special Districts Department has approximately 20 employees working throughout the County to maintain approximately 30 water systems and 15 sewer systems. Districts vary in size from as few as 6 connections to nearly 1000 connections. The cost of running each system, including a reserve for planned and unplanned repair expenses, as well as any needed capital improvement project(s), is considered in establishing rates for residents receiving the service. The number of connections, age, condition of the system, and the demands placed upon it are all factors that affect rates. The Board of Supervisors reviews and approves the Assessments and Service Charges for each district as required under MCC Section 13.89.010(B). A listing of district rates and charges is available at the above link.
For those districts that are metered, you may wish to review the Residential Water Meter Reading Guidelines link for tips on reading your meter and determining whether you might have a leak. We highly encourage everyone to be aware of their water usage and to make every effort at conservation. This in turn will help you avoid surprise fees for excess usage.
Billings are prepared by the County Auditor's Office and are linked to the number of water and/or sewer units allocated to each parcel in a district, as defined by County Ordinances. These units are also used to measure existing capacity and plan for future needs. Most parcels used for residential purposes are allocated 1.0 sewer and/or water unit per single-family dwelling. Parcels used for commercial purposes may be required to have, or to obtain additional units to support different activities and levels of development. Water and/or sewer units may be transferred between parcels within a particular district with the approval of the Board of Supervisors. Please contact our office for further information on how to accomplish this.
Annual reports to the Madera County Environmental Health Department or the California Department of Health Services may be required depending on the size of the district. Water service districts are also required to file an annual Consumer Confidence Report. This report is written to educate consumers about the source (s) and quality of their water, and is distributed to all property owners served by the district. A copy of the Consumer Confidence Report may be found under each of the districts listed below. Be aware that there is a one year lag time in these reports; i.e., the report dated 2008 contains all test results collected in 2008, but the report is not written or released until approximately June, 2009. The reports require Adobe Acrobat 5 for viewing and/or printing.
Two other ordinances affecting districts are the Madera County Grease Trap Ordinance (MCC Ch. 13.66) for sewer systems and the Madera County Water Conservation Ordinance No. 532 (MCC Ch. 13.55) for water systems. Please refer to the links to learn your rights and responsibilities. Since water conservation is of great importance to all County residents, the following link, "Simple Ways You Can Save Water," has numerous helpful suggestions on how to conserve water and energy.
We hope this has provided you with an overview of the County's Maintenance Districts and Service Areas. If you have any further questions, please contact the Madera County Engineering and Special Services Department at (559) 675-7820.
For more information or to apply for utility services click here
- Maintenance Districts and Service Areas- Listing
This division performs those activities that are not covered by other County Departments or as directed by the Board. This could include property management, land acquisition and acting as the County representative for the re-licensing process for electrical generation at Bass Lake by PG&E.
The County Sheriff is responsible for providing public protection and investigating crimes that occur within the unincorporated areas of Madera County.
The Department of Social Services is the largest department in the County. We are committed to the County's Mission statement: "To serve the public interest in a fiscally responsible manner by providing efficient, cost effective customer service, promoting public health and safety while creating new possibilities with partnerships through a diversified economy."
The Treasurer-Tax Collector receives, safeguards, distributes, and invests County, School District, and Special District funds; collects taxes; sells tax-defaulted land; and issues County business licenses.
Veterans Service Office
The CVSO is an office established by the Board of Supervisors of Madera County to assist every veteran, their dependents and survivors in presenting and pursuing any claim in establishing the veteran's right for benefits provided by law.
UC Cooperative Extension.
Across California, the University of California's 64 Cooperative Extension offices are local problem-solving centers. We are the bridge between local issues and the power of UC research. Our county-based staff is part of the community – we live and work in the areas we serve.
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- Public Notices
- County News
- About Madera County
- Info on Madera
- FrontPage Drops
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