Cameron Park Community Services District will take a hit of $112,672 to its new budget because of an additional payment on its Cal Fire contract. The total cost of the agreement came to $1.688 million for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. That amount does not include the cost of positions reimbursed by the Joint Powers Authority (JPA).
That information was presented by Battalion Chief Dave Teter at the Wednesday night meeting of the CPCSD Fire and Emergency Services Committee.
Teter said they had estimated a fourth quarter payment of $388,389 on the agreement but the final invoice came to $501,060 less a credit of $2,737.
The higher last quarter invoice affects CPCSD as it relies on savings in the fire contract to help cover shortfalls in other areas of its budget.
Teter also reported that they had received 16 applications for the fire marshall position but only candidates in the top three ranks will be interviewed.
The Fire Department also earned $80,000 in July and August renting its equipment and personnel to other jurisdictions for fires. Revenue from rentals is deposited in the equipment replacement fund.
Teter noted that the El Dorado County Emergency Medical Services JPA is facing a potential million dollar deficit. The JPA provides ambulance services to different service areas, including CPCSD, Diamond Springs-El Dorado Fire Protection District, El Dorado County Fire Protection District, El Dorado Hills Fire Protection District, Georgetown Fire Protection District, Garden Valley Fire Protection District, Latrobe Fire Protection District, Mosquito Fire Protection District, Pioneer Fire Protection District, and Rescue Fire Protection District.
The JPA is discussing different ways of closing the revenue gap, including a tax, reduction of services, or potential changes how services are delivered.
Teter said the new State Responsibility Area fee is attracting a great deal of debate and emotion. He said invoices for the fee are being sent out alphabetically by county and residents in El Dorado County are just starting to receive theirs. People can choose to pay the fee under protest.
Committee members discussed the need for an update to the Fire Department Master and Capital Improvement Plan. Teter recommended doing it in-house and said it could be completed in four to six months. That item will be discussed further at the October meeting of the board of directors of CPCSD.
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