Re-Thinking Wildomar….

….MANDATED SERVICES

As previously discussed, I would like to briefly focus on those services which are required by state law to be provided by a city such as Wildomar, to its citizens, as follows:

Police Service:

That we need to provide police as a public service is unquestionable. The amount of police services to be provided is subject to conjecture, however.

The normal police metric is one sworn officer for each 1000 citizens. If that were the case, then Wildomar would need approximately 32 sworn officers who protect us. Currently, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department provides for two police officers in Wildomar, 24/7. Prior to the recent loss of Vehicle License funds, there were four sworn officers to serve Wildomar.

At present, the staffing of our police department appears to be adequate. I have not noticed any deterioration of service since the reduction.

Currently, there is no opportunity for any reductions in services in order to produce cost savings for the city of Wildomar.

Fire Service:

Wildomar is highly susceptible to wildfires. The Fire Department metric of a 5-7 minute response time appears to be adequate.

Currently, there is no opportunity for any reductions in order to produce cost savings for the city of Wildomar.

Animal Control:

Wildomar is presently providing Animal Control services to the Citizens of Wildomar through the non-profit Animal Friends of the Valleys (“AFV”).

There is a history with AFV that bears a closer look. First and foremost, dear readers, we must understand that AFV is a highly politicized organization, exerting significant influence throughout the Southwest Riverside County. On December 08, 2010, the Wildomar City Council agreed to join with other local communities in the Joint Powers Authority (“JPA”) that is providing financing of the bond that permitted the  construction of the mammalian Taj Mahal located on Mission Trail in Wildomar.

If you read the minutes of the December 08, 2010 City Council meeting, you will note that two newly elected council members, Tim Walker and Ben Benoit, voted “Aye” on the issue of joining the JPA, without any discussion noted in the minutes, which would convey a desire, on their part, for time to study the issue, or have any questions they might raise answered.

Without so much as a hiccup, they voted to obligate Wildomar to be a part of an increasingly-expensive contrivance.

Please click on the following link and scroll down to page 10 to confirm:

http://www.cityofwildomar.org/uploads/files/minutes/12-08-10-cm.pdf

For example, consider the Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis (“CFA”) regarding animal control services, as follows:

“The city of Wildomar has the option of contracting this service with the county, another city, or another private agency, or providing the service directly… The new city may desire to join the recently established Joint Power Authority if they desire to provide a future enhanced level of service.”

Animal Control services were being provided for approximately $74,500 in 2007.

Now that we have joined the JPA,  the current budget for Animal Control is $354,300.

I guess we “needed” that over-priced enhanced level of service.

The greater amount of this expense is due to the awkward agreement with AFV, to whit:

“All JPA members will pay an annual lease payment based on each agencies proportionate share of shelter usage. The bonds (issued to construct the mammalian Taj Mahal) will have a 30 year life and once they are paid off, the ownership of the facility will be turned over to AFV.

As a result, the citizens of Wildomar will be paying AFV’s 30 year mortgage and will, in no event, ever own any part of it.

However, there is an alternative under Re-Think Wildomar. That is, to “provide animal control services directly to the citizens of Wildomar.”

As I recall, last summer, I made a presentation to the City Council of Wildomar during public comments, suggesting that the City of Wildomar should consider creating their own Animal Shelter to deal with the approximately 1200 stray cats and dogs (they euthanized 335 dogs, or less than one per day) that AFV allegedly rounds up in Wildomar every year.

It would be legal and certainly far less costly than participating in paying for AFV’s mortgage.

Oh, and one other thing, the brain surgeons sitting at the Council dais also relinquished the city’s right to collect $82,500 in dog licensing fees to AFV for the current year, adding insult to injury.

In fact, part of the scope of work for field service officers, for which we pay over and above their mortgage, is to canvass the homes in Wildomar for “unvaccinated and unlicensed” dogs. We are paying for AFV to increase their income stream by canvassing for unlicensed dogs.

There appears to be a great opportunity for cost reduction having Wildomar provide animal control services directly to its citizens

Roads:

The monies saved could be reallocated to maintaining Wildomar’s roads.

Not everybody uses parks; but everybody uses roads, if only to get to the park.

Comments are permitted below.

Just an afterthought. The taxpayers of Wildomar pay more for AFV’s Taj Mahal mortgage than they paid for their parks. Something is wrong with that concept.

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