Thursday, June 22, 2017

[Solano County] Grand jury faults LAFCO for late updates on services

FAIRFIELD — The Solano County grand jury issued a report Tuesday faulting the Solano County Local Agency Formation Commission for not keeping track of the various city governments and local agencies it relies on to make recommendations to state officials.
Solano County’s LAFCO is composed of five members: two members from the Solano County Board of Supervisors, two mayors and a member of the general public.
The grand jury reported that several local government agencies for many years have not provided LAFCO with timely details about the extent of their services, such as water and sewer services and police, fire and ambulance services. Without that information, cities cannot efficiently forecast growth plans, the grand jury claimed.
The report pointed out that bureaucrats in three of Solano County cities – Suisun City, Benicia and Vallejo – had not provided updates in their data since at least 2005. Fairfield and Vacaville were timely in their reporting.
The grand jury report recommended LAFCO implement a system to complete legally required reviews at least every five years.
The report ended by noting that in the course of the investigation by the grand jury, it appears action was taken by LAFCO to accelerate completion of the updates.
June 21, 2017
Fairfield Daily Republic
By Jess Sullivan

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