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Special Districts on LAFCo: Why, Why Not, & How. Cathy Schlottmann Mission Hills CSD Santa Barbara LAFCo. Why be on LAFCO? . To “gain a seat at the table” If you’re not at the table, then you are on the table. Who’s at the Table?.

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special districts on lafco why why not how

Special Districts on LAFCo:Why, Why Not, & How

Cathy Schlottmann

Mission Hills CSD

Santa Barbara LAFCo

why be on lafco
Why be on LAFCO?
  • To “gain a seat at the table”
  • If you’re not at the table, then you are on the table
who s at the table
Who’s at the Table?
  • Per Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000, LAFCO is comprised of:
    • 2 County Supervisors + an alternate
    • 2 City Council people + an alternate
    • 1 public member + an alternate
    • AND: if they so choose,

2 Special District Directors + an alternate

advantages to districts from being on lafco
Advantages to Districts from being on LAFCO:
  • Special Districts have 2 votes in LAFCO deliberations:
  • Annexations & reorganizations of cities and districts
  • MSR and Sphere of Influence decisions
  • Latent powers of districts
  • District consolidations and dissolutions
advantages continued
Advantages (continued):
  • LAFCO is the only venue where special districts are a fully participating equal to Cities and the County
  • All special districts gain stature when seated on LAFCO
  • Build better relationships with county supervisors and mayors
advantages to lafco
Advantages to LAFCO
  • Districts bring a perspective to LAFCO that is distinct from general government entities
  • Districts are service-focused and bring a knowledge of infrastructure
  • Districts on LAFCO often more in tune with the spirit and intent of LAFCO law
  • We alter the dynamics between a County & the Cities in LAFCO deliberations
cost of being seated on lafco
Cost of Being Seated on LAFCO
  • CSD, San Luis Obispo County 0.37%
    • $19,756 of $5.3 million O&M budget
  • CSD, Santa Barbara County 0.09%
    • $1,242 of $1,346,587 O&M budget
  • Per 56381(1)(A), LAFCO is funded one-third each from the County, cities, and independent special districts. Can be negotiated. . .
changes to districts
Changes to Districts:
  • No longer “just a small district”
  • Changes the balance of power
  • There will be change, and by being at the table, you have a votes and an active voice in the process
references
References:
  • www.calafco.org- CaLAFCO website for sample documents
  • www.opr.ca.gov– Governor’s Office of Planning & Research, Publications tab, for guidelines & information on LAFCo process plus CEQA & planning resources and links