Cameron Park Life

CPCSD eyes annexation, prepares for new budget

By From page C3 | April 02, 2013

The Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors gave a nod to possibly annexing more property into the district at its March 20 meeting.

Advocated by Director Frentzen, the board discussed setting up a committee to look at the district’s sphere of influence with the goal of incorporating new areas into the district to increase revenue.

A similar committee looked into annexing additional properties in 2001. One member of that committee, Eric Driever, told the board their intent was to clarify various boundaries, identify the district’s boundaries, and decide if there was potential revenue from annexing additional areas. The work didn’t go any further because, Driever said, “We didn’t have the wherewithal to fight with LAFCO.”

Frentzen said that would no longer be an issue because the areas in question are now included in CPCSD’s sphere of influence. She proposed re-forming the committee to determine what areas might be open to annexation, the cost of the process and what the potential revenue gain would be. She also suggested hiring a consultant to help them gain public support in areas they wanted to annex.

Why would communities would want to be annexed to the district? Board President Greg Stanton posed the question. Frentzen pointed out that annexation wouldn’t cost property owners anything additional. The taxes they paid would simply be reallocated from the county to a local entity, in this case CPCSD.

With little to lose, the board directed General Manager Mary Cahill to research the previous committee membership and report back at the next meeting.

The board also discussed approving contracts for legal services with three different legal firms to be followed by putting legal services out to bid within six months.

However, Director Vicky Neibauer wanted to speed up the process and advocated for the new contracts to be in place by September.

Stanton noted that Georgetown Divide Public Utility District recently released a request for proposal for legal services and perhaps the district should look at its RFP and search results.

That ideas didn’t sit well with resident Barbara Rogers, who said, “There is way too much controversy there.”

Resident David Gelber echoed Rogers, adding, “I hate to hear we’re hitching our trailer to Georgetown. That’s pretty low.”

Gelber and resident Bill Carey went on to ask if counsel needed to attend the CPCSD board meetings. Gelber suggested counsel could be contacted after meetings with any questions in order to save money.

The board voted to have Cahill release a RFP for legal services and report results back in September for the board’s review and approval.

In other board matters, a professional barbecue competition called Rubstock appears to be back on after discussions took place between Cahill, her staff and Ed Anhorn of Sierra Smokehouse BBQ. The event, as proposed, would be a partnership with the Cameron Park Foundation and the local chamber of commerce with dates set for Sept. 13 and 14 at Christa McAuliffe Park.

Cahill said that if the CSD also goes ahead with its Grillin’ & Chillin’ event, it won’t be on the same date as Rubstock and it would only be an amateur competition.

“I’m very much looking forward to this,” said Stanton. “I hope it’s very successful.”

The board voted to support applying for an $86,500 grant to fund a Cameron Park Area Community Transportation Plan. The plan would be used to improve transportation and land use in Cameron Park, including proposals for more non-motorized transportation facilities and improved landscape, streetscape and transit facilities.

Budget workshops were moved to April. The first draft of the 2013-14 budget as well as preliminary projections for 2012-13 will be presented at the Budget and Administration Committee meeting on April 10. Workshops on the budget are scheduled for April 17 and May 22. A preliminary budget for 2013-14 will be adopted at the June board meeting with the final budget adopted in September after the district receives a tax disbursement forecast from El Dorado County.

Neibauer recommended having multi-year budgets, saying that doing so would help pre-fund health benefits for retirees. The board agreed to take up the idea after the coming year’s budget is completed.

Year-to-date financial information was presented by Denise Herrnberger, senior accountant. The district showed a surplus of about $92,400 at the end of February due to savings in fire and administration. But the community center and parks are still not bringing in as much revenue as projected. In comparison to what is in the budget, community center revenue is down by almost $65,000. Park revenue was down by $15,000.

The board also decided to put off approving an agreement redesignating the state responsiblity area fee to the local responsibility area within Cameron Park until next month.

Dawn Hodson


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