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February 21, 2013 2:47 PM
RENE DE LA CRUZ, Staff Writer

HESPERIA • The Hesperia City Council took the first step in joining with local municipalities in an escape from rising county fire and police costs.

Late in Tuesday’s meeting, the council approved conducting a public safety Joint Powers Authority feasibility study, which would evaluate the potential advantages and disadvantages of providing police and fire services through the creation of a JPA with other Victor Valley cities.

The study, which will include a detailed review of the current organization and staffing options, will also focus on projected annual operating budgets.

The potential costs of JPA public safety services will be compared to existing and future costs of the contracts with the San Bernardino County Fire Department and Sheriff’s Department.

Adelanto, Apple Valley, Hesperia and Victorville would govern the JPA, according to a staff report.

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