June 17, 2013

LAFCO Passes Budget Okays A.C.I.D. Project

Filed under: Uncategorized — waltblog @ 4:22 pm

The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) passed its 2013- 2014 budget last week after three month’s delay and a lengthy discussion. In April, the LAFCO finance committee presented a draft budget for consideration with proposed cuts to various areas in lieu of recommended rate increases. The commission directed its executive officer, Amy Mickelson, to find additional funding sources to meet LAFCOs goals and statutory requirements.
Mickelson came up with the additional $30,000 for consultant costs in completing the municipal service reviews (MSR) for the independent special districts. At the April meeting the commission also voted to reverse its 2001 decision of exempting certain districts, such as cemetery, hospital and irrigation districts, from the MSR requirement. Mickelson said it was difficult to determine the true costs for first time MSRs and subsequent MSRs because of the different services each district provides. The law requires that MSRs be updated every five years, “as needed,” explained LAFCO counsel Jim Underwood.

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