Many questions unanswered as cities seek to save money

Posted Aug. 17, 2014 @ 11:09 am
Updated Aug 17, 2014 at 11:29 AM

APPLE VALLEY — Council members from Adelanto, Apple Valley, Hesperia and Victorville still had several questions this week after they were presented with the findings of a feasibility study for the creation of a joint powers authority to manage the Victor Valley’s police and fire services.

Citygate Associates, LLC, a general management consulting firm based in the Bay Area, took on the JPA feasibility study for Adelanto, Hesperia, Victorville and Apple Valley last July, after all four municipalities agreed to the study. The town of Apple Valley only participated in the police portion due to its existing Fire Protection District.

“There’s still lots of issues,” Victorville mayor Jim Cox said at Thursday night’s meeting. “This proposal still needs further research and we need to consider all of these numbers that we were just presented with.”

The Daily Press reported in June 2013 that the survey was expected to last six months and would cost roughly $200,000. The maximum cost for the police study was $115,048, with a maximum of $94,840 for the fire study. The four municipalities split the cost of the police study evenly at 25 percent each. Adelanto, Hesperia and Victorville split fire study costs at 33.3 percent each.

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