Victorville considers feasibility study on Public Safety JPA
February 20, 2013 12:49 PM
Jim E. Winburn, Staff Writer

Victorville is considering banding together with other local cities to create their own police and fire services.

The City Council voted 4-0 Tuesday, with Mayor Pro-Tem Ryan McEachron absent, to approve a Public Safety Joint Powers Authority feasibility study after expressing concern about the costs charged by San Bernardino County for fire and law enforcement services.

The study would examine whether such a move would be economically viable. Apple Valley, Adelanto, Hesperia and Victorville may participate in the study if their respective councils choose to do so.

The Hesperia City Council was also expected to vote on the feasibility study. The result of that vote was not available late Tuesday.

Victorville City Manager Doug Robertson explained to the council that the intent of the proposal is to provide the local communities of the High Desert with the alternative option of studying a Public Safety Joint Powers Authority, which may save money.

“We don’t have any way of knowing that that’s going to come back more expensive than what the county is currently providing service for, or less expensive,” Robertson said.

The four area city managers have talked about creating a joint powers authority for some time, according to Robertson. He said this same item was appearing on Hesperia’s agenda Tuesday night, and would also be placed on the agendas of upcoming Apple Valley and Adelanto’s agendas.

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