On May 29, 2012, the Marin Civil Grand Jury issued a report entitled “Pre-Schoolers Learn to Share – Can Local Governments?”. Over the past year, staff has been contacted by the Grand Jury on various local government questions, most recently on the number of special districts in Marin County. Prior to that, staff provided information on successful political consolidations, to which the Grand Jury added other examples of functional consolidation.
The Grand Jury’s research concentrated on the number and variety of governmental entities in Marin County and argued that in such a complex system, that opportunities for increased efficiency and cost savings were present and must be pursued as a fundamental component of public policy.
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Notice is hereby and voluntarily given by the Marin Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) that on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. in the City of San Rafael Council Chambers located at 1400 Fifth Avenue, San Rafael, California the agency will consider the following:
Countywide Municipal Service Review on Public Water Services: West Marin Agencies
The Commission has continued the public hearing to provide additional opportunity for review and comments on the agency profiles completed to date on the four West Marin agencies included in Countywide Municipal Service Review on Public Water Services. The four affected agencies are Muir Beach Community Services District, Stinson Beach County Water District, Bolinas Community Public Utility District, and Inverness Public Utility District. The profiles represent an independent assessment of each agency’s administrative and service capacities relative to current and projected demands and are intended to serve as the source documents in preparing written determinations on – among other items – service needs and/or deficiencies as required under State law as part of the municipal service review process.
Proposed Draft Budget and Work Plan for FY2015-16
The Commission will consider adopting a proposed budget and work plan to fund and direct, repsectively, the agency's regulatory and planning responsibilitied for Fiscal Year 2015-16.
Countywide Municipal Service Review on Public Water Services: East Marin Agencies
The Commisison will open a public hearing to review and provide direcation therein on the agency profiles completed to date on the two East Marin agencies included in Countywide Municipal Service Review on Publkic Water Services. The two affected agencies are Marin Municipal Water District and North Marin Water District and collectively provide domestic water service to approximately 250,000 residents. The profiles represent an independent assessment of each agency's administrative and service capacities relative to current and projected demands and are inteded to serve as the source documents in preparing written determinations on - among other items - service needs and/or deficiencies as required under State law as part of the municipal service review process.
Regular Meeting - May 14, 2015
Regular Meeting - June 11, 2015
Regular Meeting - August 13,, 2015
After World War II, California experienced dramatic growth in population and economic development. With this boom came a demand for housing, jobs, and public services. To accommodate this demand, the state approved the formation of many new local government agencies, often with little forethought as to the ultimate governance structures in a given region. The lack of coordination and adequate planning led to a multitude of overlapping, inefficient jurisdictional and service boundaries, and the premature conversion/loss of California’s agricultural and open-space lands.