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Agriculture Commissioner

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1. What is a cord of firewood?
2. How can you make sure you are getting what you pay for when buying firewood?
3. What is a Private Applicator Certificate (PAC) and who needs one?
4. What is an Operator ID and who needs one?
5. What is a Pest Control Adviser?
6. Is there an application fee for a pesticide permit?
7. When are pesticide use reports due?
8. What is the Agricultural Pest Detection Program (Why is There a Trap in My Yard)?
9. What do I do if I am having a raccoon, opossum or skunk problem?
10. Who do I contact if I find a sick or dead bird?
11. Can I bring in a spider, bug or weed to be identified?
12. What payment methods are accepted by your department?
13. What is your mailing address?
14. What is your fax number?
15. I have an 18 gallon gas tank, but the pump says I put 18.5 gallons into my empty tank. Is this possible?

Assessor

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1. * If I have been granted a reduction for the current year will I have to request another review next year?
2. * What is a supplemental assessment?
3. * My name is not spelled correctly on the property tax bill. How can I have the spelling corrected or changed?
4. * Where can I obtain the necessary forms to change title?
5. * Will my home be reappraised if I add another bedroom?
6. * How can I find out who owns a piece of property?

Board of Supervisors

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1. When does the Board of Supervisors meet?
2. Where does the Board of Supervisors meet?
3. Where do I find the Board Agendas?
4. Who is the Board Chair?
5. Who Represents me on the Board of Supervisors?
6. How do I contact a Board member?
7. How do I address the Board of Supervisors on a matter not listed on the Agenda?
8. How do I place an item on the Agenda?
9. How do I apply for a position on Advisory Boards and/or Commissions?
10. How can I get a copy of the recording of a meeting or hearing?
11. Is there a charge for obtaining copies of the Board of Supervisors' records?
12. How can I get a copy of a Resolution or an Agreement the Board adopted?
13. How do I get a copy of Mariposa County Codes?

Building Department

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1. When do you need a permit?
2. Why do you need a permit?
3. What applications do I initiate?
4. How much does the permit cost?
5. What is plan checking?
6. How soon can I get a permit?
7. When are inspections required?
8. What does the inspector do?
9. How do I call for an inspection?

Building Permit Status

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1. Permit #123456 Application Date: 04-20-2014
2. 4-22-2014 Permit #456789

Child Support Services

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1. How do I open a case with the Department of Child Support Services?
2. I haven't received my child support check. Has a payment been sent out?
3. How do I get my child support order modified?
4. My children and I are receiving public assistance but I did not apply for your services. Why was a case opened?
5. What is the cost of your services?
6. Who is eligible for services?
7. What type of documentation is needed to proceed with a child support case?
8. I am applying for public assistance. Do I have to personally ask the other parent for child support?
9. What does it mean to “cooperate” with the Department of Child Support Services?
10. What does it mean to “assign” my support rights?
11. Why is it important to establish paternity?
12. What happens after paternity is established?
13. My children and I need financial assistance now. The noncustodial parent left us years ago. Will the Department of Child Support Services still try to find him/her?
14. If the Department of Child Support Services cannot find the noncustodial parent, does that mean I cannot get public assistance benefits?
15. The other parent is in jail. Can I still receive child support?
16. I want the Department of Child Support Services to enforce my court order. Is the information I provide available to the public?
17. If I am the custodial party, can I close my case?
18. What should I do when I get served with the Summons and Complaint if I am a noncustodial parent?
19. How do I request a genetic test?
20. What if I ignore the Summons and Complaint?
21. How is the amount of child support I have to pay determined?
22. How does my employer know how much money to deduct for child support?
23. Is there a way to avoid going to court?
24. What does the stipulation contain?
25. My child’s other parent is in the military, but I don’t know where s/he is stationed. Can your office find him/her?
26. My ex-spouse has remarried and has another family to support. How will this affect the support that my children are due?
27. Do I still have to pay child support if I lose my job?
28. Can I change the child support order if my child comes to live with me?
29. The noncustodial parent and I already have an agreement regarding child support. Why are you pursuing him/her?
30. Will you close your case if I am no longer receiving public assistance?
31. How long before I start receiving child support payments?
32. Is child support dischargeable by bankruptcy?
33. Can a friend, relative, or current spouse contact the Department of Child Support Services on my behalf?
34. When does child support stop?

Economic Development

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1. How do I start a business in Mariposa County?
2. Do I need a Sales and Use Permit (Seller’s Permit) to conduct business?

Elections

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1. If I register to vote with the DMV, should I follow up on the status of my registration?
2. If I move, get a new address, or make changes to my post office box, do I need to re-register to vote?
3. How do I change my political affiliation?
4. If I re-register to vote, does it change my permanent absentee status?
5. If I am a permanent absentee voter, should I return the absentee ballot request from the back of my sample ballot?
6. What if I make a mistake on my Vote By Mail Ballot?
7. If I mailed my ballot but am not sure it will make it to you by Election Day...can I still Vote?
8. Do I have to request a Vote By Mail ballot every time?

Engineering

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1. What is the purpose of traffic counters on County roads?
2. When do I need an encroachment permit?
3. What is the fee for an encroachment permit and where do I get the permit?

Farm Advisor

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1. How can I reach the Fairgrounds office?
2. How can I reach the Resource Conservation District?
3. What does the Cooperative Extension office do?

Grand Jury

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1. What is the Grand Jury?
2. What is the Grand Jury Function?
3. What does the Grand Jury do?
4. What is the Grand Jury’s Jurisdiction?
5. How is the Grand Jury structured?
6. Who can be a Grand Jury member?
7. How are Grand Jury members selected?
8. Who can request a Grand Jury Investigation?
9. How can I contact the Grand Jury?
10. How to file a complaint:
11. What is the Final Report?

Health

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1. Can my home kitchen be used to prepare food to sell to the public?
2. I became ill after eating at a local restaurant. What should I do?
3. I found this dead bird – it was alive yesterday in the tree. What should I do with it?
4. My club wants to sell food at an upcoming community event. What is required?
5. My child has a cold. Should I bring her in for shot?
6. My hamster bit me. Do I need to worry about rabies?
7. I found a tick attached to my leg. What should I do?

Human Services - Ask the Director

Human Services - Employment & Community Services - Cal Works/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

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1. How do I apply for CalWORKs?
2. Can I have a job and still get Public Assistance?
3. Are there work requirements for CalWORKs?
4. How long can I receive CalWORKs?
5. How much money can I receive?

Human Services - Employment & Community Services - Community Action and CMCAA

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1. Do I have to have a shut-off notice when I apply for Energy Assistance?
2. Can I receive Energy Assistance if my utility bill is in someone else's name?

Human Services - Employment & Community Services - Employment Services

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1. How will I be able to participate in the program without transportation or child care?
2. What will I be expected to do in the Welfare to Work Program?
3. Why do I have to participate if I am already working?
4. I was in foster care, am I eligible for ILP?
5. I heard that you can find former foster youth a place to live, is that true?
6. Is ILP just another boring class that I have to go to?
7. What are the requirements for medical assistance, Food Stamps, County Medical Services or Cal Works programs?
8. How do I get MediCal for my aged parents?
9. I am receiving Social Security benefits. Can I get Food Stamp benefits?
10. I have MediCal now. What is a MediCal Share of Cost (SOC)?
11. Can I have a job and still get Food Stam benefits?

Human Services - Employment & Community Services - Section 8 Voucher

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1. What are Housing Choice Vouchers?
2. Can I find my own place?
3. What kind of home can I look for?
4. What if I already rent a home that I want to stay in?
5. How do I know if the home I choose will be acceptable?
6. How much rent will I have to pay?
7. What if I eventually want to buy a house?
8. Where does the funding for this program come from?

Human Services - Foster Parenting

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1. What do foster parents do?
2. How long does it take to become a foster parent?
3. Do I have to own my own home? What if I'm a renter?
4. What if I'm a single parent? Can I still be a foster parent?
5. What is the difference between being a certified home with an agency or a licensed foster family home?
6. What kind of support do foster parents receive once a child is placed with them?
7. Do the natural parents remain involved with their child in placement?
8. What types of foster families are needed most?
9. What support services will I receive as a foster parent?
10. How many children can share a room? Can a boy and girl share the same room? As a parent, can I share my room with a child?

Human Services - Social Services - Adult Protective Services

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1. What are the different types of abuse?
2. Who is a "mandated reporter"?

Human Services - Social Services - Child Welfare Services

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1. How do I report child abuse?
2. What, exactly, is reportable to Child Welfare Services?
3. What happens when Child Welfare Services becomes involved with my family?
4. How can I get my children back?

Human Services - Social Services - Foster Family Home Licensing

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1. Who can become a foster parent?
2. How do I become a foster parent?
3. Are foster homes needed in Mariposa County?

Human Services - Social Services - In Home Supportive Services

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1. How do I know if I'm eligible to receive IHSS services?
2. How do I find a caregiver?
3. How do I sign up my caregiver?
4. As a provider, what do I do if my check is late?
5. How can I become a provider for IHSS?

Human Services - Social Services - Program Integrity

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1. What constitutes fraud?
2. What authority does a Special Investigator have under Penal Code 830.35?

Human Services - Social Services - Public Authority

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1. What is the hourly wage for a Preferred Provider?
2. If I have a criminal history, will it prevent me from being a provider?
3. Can I choose the types of care I want to provide?

Jail

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1. When is visiting day?
2. How can I get money to someone in jail?
3. How do I find out when an inmate goes to court?
4. What happens if an inmate is sentenced to a term in state prison?
5. How can I find some one who has been sent to prison?
6. When I asked what someone's charges were, I got a number. What does this number mean?
7. Someone I know was arrested and taken to jail. What happens now?
8. How can I bail someone out of jail?
9. What can I mail to an inmate?
10. What may I bring to an inmate in jail?
11. How can I get a message to an inmate?
12. I am required by the state to register for a criminal offense. How do I do that?
13. Does Mariposa County have alternative incarceration programs?

Parks & Recreation

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1. When is the pool open?
2. What halls do you have?
3. How much are swim lessons?

Planning

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1. How is my property zoned?
2. My neighbor has a property full of “junk”! How much junk can my neighbor have on his property?
3. How do I go about getting a property owner to remove junk from their property? Why doesn't the county do something?
4. How many houses can I have on my property?
5. Are there any incorporated cities in Mariposa County?
6. What are my residential construction setbacks from property lines and roads?
7. My property does not front on a public road. Can I put the sign for my small business on my neighbor’s property which is on a public road?
8. Does the County enforce CC & R’s?
9. I have 9.99 acres in the Mountain Home Zone, which has a 5 acre minimum parcel size. Can I subdivide my parcel into two parcels?
10. What does TPA zone mean? And what can I do with my property?
11. How can I get the County to maintain my private road?
12. How many horses or animals can I have on my property?
13. Can I have a small business on my property?
14. How can I determine if I can subdivide my property?
15. My neighbor put a fence up and I think it is on my property, what can I do?
16. What is California Conservation (Williamson) Act? How do I put my property into the Williamson Act?
17. How do I cancel my Williamson Act Contract?
18. Does my project need Design Review and/or Historic Design Review?
19. My neighbor has horses near my property line. I am bothered by flies, and concerned about other pests and impacts of runoff and erosion to nearby creeks.

Probation

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1. What is Probation?
2. Where is the Probation Department located?
3. Where is the Juvenile Detention Facility?
4. How can I pay my Court or Probation fines, fees, or restitution?
5. What if I am having difficulty paying my fines or fees?
6. Can I vote while I am on probation?

Public Works - Administration

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1. Do you hand out applications for employment at the front desk of the Public Works office?
2. How much are the hook-up fees for each district?
3. Water and Sewer Billing for Special Districts:At what point during the month are the meter readings taken? Why is my meter reading higher than expected? What is the penalty for late payments?

Public Works - Roads Division

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1. Why does it take so many county workers to do a simple road repair?
2. Why does the brushing crew cut down so many trees and bushes?
3. Why did I receive a Right of Entry request?
4. How can I get a Speed Zone sign installed?
5. What is an Encroachment Permit, and when do I need one?

Sheriff Department

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1. What is Megan's Law?
2. What is a sex offender?
3. What is Sex Offender Registration?
4. What does 290 PC mean?
5. What is the Difference between Serious and High Risk Offenders?
6. How Do I View More Detailed Megan's Law Information?
7. What Will This More Detailed Information Provide?
8. Is the Information Available from My Local Law Enforcement Agency Accurate?
9. What Information Do I Need to View the Megan's Law Data?
10. If I Have an Address Where I Suspect an Offender Lives, Can the Megan's Law Data Confirm My Suspicion?
11. When Are Sex Offenders Required to Register?
12. Is it a Crime if a Sex Offender Does Not Register
13. I Know of a Sex Offender Who Did Not Register When He/She Recently Moved to a New Location. What Should I Do?

Solid Waste & Recycling

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1. Who do I call for garbage service?
2. What can I recycle and where?
3. Where can I bring my California Redemption Values (CRVs) containers?
4. Where can I recycle my used oil and oil filters?
5. What can I do with my # 3-7 plastics?
6. Why do I have to separate all of my recyclables?
7. How can I reduce my landfill fees?
8. Why do the number 3 through 7 plastic containers have to be clean, and why can’t I recycle all plastic with the numbers 3 through 7 on it?
9. Why are the recycling numbers printed so small on the plastic containers?
10. What can I do to help reduce the amount of plastic entering the compost facility?
11. Why do I have to pay to recycle items such as refrigerators and TVs 36 inches or larger on the diagonal?
12. Where can I recycle printer and copier cartridges?
13. Do you recycle junk cars?
14. Why do I have to take my trash to the Landfill instead of the Compost Facility at times?

Tax

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1. When is the secured tax assessed?
2. How are tax amounts determined?
3. What period of time does a secured property bill cover?
4. When should I expect my secured property tax bill?
5. When are secured property tax bills due?
6. What is a Special Assessment?
7. When should I mail my payment to avoid penalties?
8. Is a private meter date the same as the United States Postal Service postmark?
9. Can payments be postmarked on the deadline date?
10. Are there any programs to assist me with paying my secured tax bill?
11. Can I pay my secured property tax bill with my credit card?
12. What is the mailing address?
13. Whom should I call if I have questions?
14. When is the unsecured tax assessed?
15. When is the unsecured tax bill due?
16. How are the unsecured tax amounts determined?
17. What period of time does an unsecured tax bill cover?
18. If I am selling my unsecured property (Boat, RV, etc.), will I be responsible for the tax bill?
19. How are the supplemental tax amounts determined?
20. When should I expect my supplemental tax bill(s)?
21. Why did I receive more than one supplemental tax bill?
22. When is the supplemental tax due?
23. When does the supplemental bill become delinquent?
24. If I don't pay on time, will I be charged a penalty?

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