News Alert!!: Havasu Landing, CA: Town Hall Meeting being held on Thursday regarding San Bernardino County Fire Protection District and expanding Service Zone FP-5.

News Alert!!: Havasu Landing, CA: Town Hall Meeting being held on Thursday regarding San Bernardino County Fire Protection District and expanding Service Zone FP-5.

The San Bernardino County Fire Protection District will be having a town hall meeting regarding San Bernardino County Fire Protection District and expanding Service Zone FP-5.

** Map Picture from the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District via County of San Bernardino: **

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District, the Board of Directors of the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District has passed a resolution (2018-99) to expand the boundaries of Service Zone FP-5.

The District’s Board of Directors desires to expand Service Zone FP-5 to include all territories within the jurisdictions of the District that is not currently included in Service Zone FP-5, which currently includes the area of Helendale, California and the cities of San Bernardino, California; Needles, California; Twentynine Palms, California; Upland, California; and San Antonio Heights, California.

The extension of the boundaries of FP-5 will result in needed revenues to maintain current fire protection and emergency services within the Districts territories.

Currently, the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District said they provide fire and emergency medical services to residents throughout the entire San Bernardino County, California covering 19,278 square miles and serving more than 60 communities/cities, and the only exceptions being cities that have their own fire departments, cities that contract with other fire departments, and areas receiving these services through special districts.

The San Bernardino County Fire Protection District is currently operating at a $29 million dollar budget shortfall, and the Fire Protection Board of Directors, as well as the County Fire Protection Districts Fire Chief, believe that expanding Service Zone FP-5 is the best way to fill this budget gap while maintaining existing service levels.

Currently, property tax revenues are insufficient to cover the costs of providing fire and emergency medical services, each legal parcel within Service Zone FP-5 is assessed an annual parcel fee.

The current assessment is set at $157.26/year, and can increase up to 3% each year.

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, sitting as the Board of Directors of the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District, has initiated a process to expand the boundaries of Service Zone FP-5 countywide, included would be:

– All unincorporated county areas, except those already receiving fire and EMS through other districts and except unincorporated areas within the sphere of influence of the City of Montclair.

– The cities of Grand Terrace, Upland, and the Town of Yucca Valley.

** For a legal description of all Inclusions & Exclusions, see Attachment A (Website Posted Below). **

http://bit.ly/SBCoBOS-ATTACHMENTA

The town hall meeting will be held at 2:00pm PT on Thursday, August 9th, 2018 inside Fire Station #18, located at 148808 Havasu Lake Road, in Havasu Lake, California.

Officials with the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District are planning to provide information and present a presentation on the benefits of the Service Zone FP-5 expansion during his presentation.

Afterwards, Officials and staff from the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District say they will be available to answer questions from the attending public.

The town hall meeting is open to the public and all Community members are encouraged to attend the open town hall meeting.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Protection District, Public Notices will be mailed to all parcel owners on Friday, September 14, 2018. The last day to receive mail in protest letters will be on Monday, October 15th, 2018 and must be received by close of business.

The last day to receive walk in protest letters will be on Tueaday, October 16th, 2018 and must be received by the closing of the public hearing.

A public hearing will be held at 10:00am PT on Tueaday, October 16th, 2018 on the 1st Floor inside the Covington Chamber, at the San Bernardino County Government Center which is located at 385 North Arrowhead Avenue in San Bernardino, California.

** More information regarding the Service Zone FP-5 expansion, including download information, can be found at the following San Bernardino County Fire Protection District website address: **

http://www.sbcfire.org/ServiceZoneFP-5.aspx

** Thanks to Suzanne Bert for contacting ZachNews regarding this upcoming town hall meeting and for sending in the flyer. **

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