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You'll never think about water the same way again after you  (PDF)

read The Big Thirst,  the 2016 "One Book" selection. Book & panel discussions, water & gardening forums, family story times and student art shows will happen throughout October at library and community locations around Kern County. The Big Thirst is available in print, eBook, eAudiobook, & Book on CD from the Kern County Library, and at local booksellers.


Don't Get Taken: Rebuilding after the Erskine Fire

The Contractors State Licensing Board has sound advice for homeowners who are rebuilding after a disaster like the Erskine Fire. To avoid fraud and shoddy work on your property, learn more by viewing their podcast, or video, or by visiting their webpage.


FY 16-17 Recommended Budget now available  (PDF)

The County will hold an evening meeting to allow for public comment on the Fiscal Year 2016-17 Recommended Budget. The public meeting will take place on Monday, August 22nd, at 6 p.m. in the Board Chambers located on the first floor of 1115 Truxtun Avenue. Budget hearings will be held on Tuesday, August 23rd at 9 a.m.   For more information please visit the County Administrative Office.


Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event in Kern Valley  (PDF)

This one-day only drop-off collection event will be held at the Kern Valley Transfer Station on Sat., November 19th from 9am to Noon. Other options for disposing of household hazardous waste


2015 - 2016 Grand Jury Final Report


Jet Skis, Kayaks and Pedal Boats Now Available for Rent at Lake Webb  (PDF)


County Seeks Volunteers Who Want to Make a Difference

Why Volunteer? You are needed now more than ever and Kern County Volunteers enjoy many rewards such as gaining valuable experience, developing new interests and friendships, learning about County programs and services, enjoying new challenges, and giving back to your community.


FY 2016-17 CAO Preliminary Recommended Budget Available  (PDF)

The FY 2016-17 Preliminary Recommended Budget will be presented to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. This document is not the final budget and is produced for the purpose of complying with the County Budget Act that requires Counties to present a recommended budget for approval prior to June 30. Budget hearings are scheduled for Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. with a special evening meeting to receive public comments on Monday, August 22, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


Election Results - June 2016


Beilenson Notice - Proposed transfer of ownership of Kern Medical Center to the Kern Hospital Authority  (PDF)


Welcome to the County of Kern's Financial Transparency Portal

Presenting an interactive and user-friendly platform for Kern County's financial data, this website illustrates the County's current budget, year-to-date budget and actual revenues and expenses for the previous five years.


Tour Kern County's Mojave Desert with Supervisor Scrivner

Second District Supervisor Zack Scrivner explores 150 years of mining history that is still being made today.


Kern County Property Tax Portal Launched

Visit our new property tax information site to get an overview of the property tax process in Kern County. Here you will find answers to frequently asked questions and the most commonly requested property tax information.


Supervisor Gleason delivers 2016 State of the County address  (video)

First District Supervisor Mick Gleason, Chairman of the Kern County Board of Supervisors for 2016, delivered the eighteenth annual State of the County address to a record crowd of community leaders from throughout Kern County on the evening of January 27th.  View text of speech


What do I need to know about El Niño?

Watch this video for the answer to this and other questions about preparing for and responding to natural disasters, especially El Nino. Experts from nine (9) national and local agencies including National Weather Service, Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, Sheriff's Office, County Public Works, Public Health and others, come together to help you be prepared for the flooding that often accompanies El Nino weather patterns. Preparation is the only tool we have to combat natural disasters. The most important thing to know about El Nino is this -- if it's raining, it's too late to prepare.


Report on the Public Input Process for Kern County Library Services


County receives new contract proposal from SEIU Local 521  (PDF)


2016 Boat Permits Now Available Online

We are pleased to announce that 2016 Kern County Annual "All Lakes", and "Lake Isabella Only" boat permits are now available for sale online. For additional information, please contact the Kern County Parks and Recreation Department at (661) 868-7000 during regular business hours, Monday - Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm. To place your boat permit order by phone, call the above number.


Kern County Hospital Authority Transitional Governing Board Agenda

The Kern County Hospital Authority Transitional Governing Board will convene its initial meeting on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at Kern Medical. The meeting agenda is posted on the Kern Medical website. View Agenda


Kern Patriot Partnership Website Launched

The Kern County Veterans Service Department is proud to announce the Kern Patriot Partnership (KPP), a program dedicated to connecting Kern County Veterans with local employers and which was developed in partnership with Chevron, USA.


Drought and Water Conservation Video

A Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce Leadership Bakersfield Project Presentation. Produced by KGET. View Video


Supervisor Couch delivers 2015 State of the County Address  (video)

Fourth District Supervisor David Couch (Left), Chairman of the Kern County Board of Supervisors for 2015, delivered the seventeenth annual State of the County address to a record crowd of community leaders from throughout Kern County on the evening of January 28th. Supervisor Couch's remarks are available at the link shown above. To view a text-only version of the speech, click here.


Elections matter. Register to vote now at the Secretary of State's online voter registration site.


Go green and save money with low-cost County program!

Kern County homeowners can now afford money-saving energy and water efficiency upgrades with no down payment! The Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) program extends low-interest loans for hundreds of energy- and water-saving products from hot water heaters to windows to solar panels. Start saving now! Call 1-855-HERO-411 or click here to qualify for a HERO loan.


Supervisors urge Kern County to save water during drought  (PDF)

Governor Brown is asking all Californians to reduce their water use by 20 percent to help the state meet its water needs in the upcoming year, and the Board of Supervisors is urging Kern County residents to do their part. Water conservation is always important, but this year no one can afford to waste any water. Click here to find out more ways to save water.


Kern veterans and your families: Let us serve you!

If you served honorably in the military, thank you for your service and sacrifice for this country. Thank you also to the spouses and dependents who served along with you. Regardless of your era, your branch, your post or your assignment, you are likely entitled to state and federal veterans' benefits, and your dependents may also qualify for benefits. To learn about your veteran's benefits, click here, go to or contact the Kern County Veterans Service Department at 661-868-7300 or 1-866-218-5367.


'Healthy Choices' for a Better Tomorrow

The SNAP-Ed "Healthy Choices" program helps those age 60 + to establish healthier eating habits and a more physically-active lifestyle. For information regarding the Aging and Adult Services "Healthy Choices" program, please call 661-868-1057, or click the link above.


Surplus County Property Auctions

The County of Kern contracts with private firms to auction off County vehicles and other types of used surplus property. The Web page linked above displays the upcoming auction dates and a current list of County vehicles and other property for sale.


Download Audiobooks from the Library anywhere, anytime  (PDF)

Audiobook fans can download their favorite titles free of charge from the Kern County Library anywhere, anytime using the library's new online eBook service. Listeners with a computer, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or Android can download a broad range of fiction and nonfiction audiobooks for all ages. Audiobooks can also be transferred to many types of media players.

To try the new service, visit the County's eBook service page and click on the OverdriveTM Media Console instructions in the "Getting Started" window.


Kern Medical Center offers low-cost health plan  (PDF)

Kern Medical Center Health Plan (KMCHP) is a county-funded program that provides medical care to some people living in Kern County. It is a new way for Kern County adults who meet certain federal and citizenship/residency requirements to get quality, ongoing medical care at little to no cost.  KMCHP works with you to determine eligibility, helps you to apply, and provides continuing health coverage for those who qualify. To get an application or find out about the benefits you could be receiving, call (661) 326-2392 today.

Application - English                 Solicitud - Espanol


Kern communities profiled in new KGOV-TV series  (PDF)

KGOV is pleased to announce the airing of a new series, "Kern COG Presents Kern County." This 13-part series recounts the history and progress that shaped Kern communities and explores the benefits and amenities of each city. Episodes air Monday nights at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m., Thursday evenings at 5:30 p.m., Friday nights at 9:30 p.m. KGOV airs on Bright House Networks channel 16, MediaCom cable in Ridgecrest and Lake Isabella channel 16, CalNeva cable in Frazier Park channel 19, Charter cable in Mojave/ Rosamond/Boron and Cal City channel 18 and AT&T U-verse channel 99. Please click on the link above for a schedule showing when each community will be profiled.


Borrow eBooks from the Library Starting July 16  (PDF)

Visit on Monday, July 16 to begin downloading popular fiction, non-fiction, children's, teens and classic titles - available for free - all you need is your library card! Adobe® Digital Editions software is required and installation is quick and free. Enjoy an eBook immediately by using your library card to check out eBooks and downloading to a PC, a Mac®, or by transferring them to a KindleTM Sony® ReaderTM, NookTM or to other devices. eBooks will automatically expire at the end of the lending period - so no late fees!

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