Santa Cruz County
CA

Agenda Item
DOC-2020-57
Continued the public hearing
Jan 14, 2020 9:00 AM

Public hearing to consider County Service Area 48 Proposed Assessment Rate for fiscal year 2020-21, direct the Elections Department to tabulate submitted ballots, direct General Services to return January 28, 2020 for certification of the ballot results, and take related actions, as outlined in the memorandum of the Director of General Services

Information

Department:General Services Department: County FireSponsors:Director Michael Beaton
Category:CTY. FIRE - Board LetterProjects:Master Calendar
Functions:General Government, Public Safety & Justice

Financial Impact

The assessment rate would result in an estimated increase of $1,551,118 for fiscal year 2020-21 for County Service Area 48.

Board Letter

Recommended Action(s):

1)              Conduct a public hearing to consider all objections or protests, if any, on the proposed benefit assessment for fire protection services within County Service Area No. 48 (CSA 48) for Fiscal Year 2020-21;

 

2)              Request submittal of ballots for CSA 48 for 2020-21 assessments;

 

3)              Close the public testimony portion of the public hearing;

 

4)              Direct the Elections Department to tabulate the submitted ballots; and 

 

5)              Continue the public hearing to January 28, 2020, to allow for tabulation and  certification of the ballot results.

 

Executive Summary

Conduct a public hearing on CSA 48 proposed assessment.

 

Background

On October 22, 2019 the board approved the Engineer's Report for County Service Area 48, County Fire (CSA 48) and adopted the Resolution of Intent to Levy Assessments, set the public hearing for today, approved the sample ballot and the authorized mailing of ballots to the owners of record of property subject to the proposed increased assessment. 

 

On December 10, 2019 the Board adopted the resolution allowing the County to vote in the affirmative for ballots relating to County-owned properties located within CSA 48.  The County has identified 87 parcels of land and structures within CSA 48 with a Special Benefit Assessment value of $37,537.59. The significant County owned properties within CSA 48 include the Rountree facility and adjacent lands, Ben Lomond Transfer Station and adjacent lands, County fire Stations, Park lands and public works facilities.

 

Analysis

In order to proceed with the benefit assessment process, Proposition 218 requires a public hearing to take testimony, request ballots, and close the public testimony portion of the hearing. Following the close of the public hearing, Elections staff will immediately begin tabulation of votes received in the Elections Department. Ballot tabulation will continue between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. in the Elections Department until tabulation is completed. General Services intends to report back on January 28th with certification of the ballot results.

If approved, this assessment would provide a higher level of fire protection and emergency response service by increasing the staffing levels to nationally recognized standards and provide for improved apparatus and equipment replacement. The assessment rate would result in an estimated increase of $1,551,118 for fiscal year 2020-21 for County Service Area 48.

 

 

Body

Strategic Plan Element(s)

4.B Sustainable Environment (Natural Resources)

The proposed assessment would allow County Fire to increase personnel and replace outdated equipment that helps to protect Santa Cruz County susceptible to fire danger.

6.A Operational Excellence (Customer Experience)

The proposed assessment will allow for improved fire response and will increase customer satisfaction.

6.C Operational Excellence (County Infrastructure)

Increased funding will allow County Fire to responsibly repair and replace fire apparatus and equipment and address deferred maintenance at fire stations.

 

 

Meeting History

Jan 14, 2020 9:00 AM Video Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting

1) Public hearing held to consider objections or protests on the proposed benefit assessment for fire protection services within County Service Area No. 48 (CSA 48) for Fiscal Year 2020-21;

2) Requested and received ballots for CSA 48 for 2020-21 assessments;

3) Closed the public testimony portion of the hearing;

4) DIRECTED the Elections Department to tabulate the submitted ballots; and

5) CONTINUED this item to January 28, 2020, to allow for tabulation and certification of the ballot results

RESULT:CONTINUED THE PUBLIC HEARING [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:John Leopold, First District Supervisor
SECONDER:Bruce McPherson, Fifth District Supervisor
AYES:John Leopold, Zach Friend, Ryan Coonerty, Greg Caput, Bruce McPherson

Discussion