Smaller Special Districts Top First LAFCO Meeting Of The New Year

Smaller Special Districts Top First LAFCO Meeting Of The New Year

A review of several of Amador County’s smaller special districts topped the first local agency formation commission or LAFCO meeting of the New Year. Two agencies received positive reviews while two others have struggled. The commission voted to approve the review of the Drytown Water District, which pronounced the district in good fiscal shape and raised the possibility of the district expanding its service area in the future. Likewise, a draft review of the Pine Grove Community Service District gives a glowing review of its practices and record-keeping. However, issues were identified with the Ridgewood Acres Community Service District, primarily that the district’s small size of 66 residents keeps it from having the required 5-member board of director’s, from raising the revenue need to maintain the road that is its only service provided. Likewise, a number of governance issues were identified with the Jackson Valley Fire Protection District, such as record keeping, complying with the Brown Act and financial disclosure requirements. Commissioner Tim Murphy said that if the Fire District wanted to be taken seriously in negotiation over the new Buena Vista Casino, “It needed to get its house in order.”  One of LAFCO’s main responsibilities is to review local governments and their ability to deliver services and respond to their areas.

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