With the recent action by the Riverside County Board of Supervisors to increase the “overhead burden” for fire services, Wildomar’s precarious fiscal environment continues to degrade.
Please click on the following link to the Lake Elsinore/Wildomar Patch for context:
Fire service in Wildomar will now cost a total of $511,596 (an increase of 7%+) each year for Riverside County to provide administration services to local municipalities within the county.
Unfortunately for Wildomar, it is unlikely that our elected officials possess sufficient political will and maturity to address the fiscal impacts upon our fair city.
For instance, they will continue to cling to their leased office space for City Hall, to the tune of $120,000 per year, when a viable alternative has been proposed (moving City Hall to Marna O’Brien Park).
So far, the only “un-official” response to the proposal has been for councilmember Marsha Swanson to call it “stupid.”
In addition, our elected officials will likely continue to support Wildomar’s membership in the Animal Friends/Southwest Communities Finance Authority, when a viable alternative has been proposed (Withdrawal from the agreement and creating our own properly-sized animal control service), at a net savings of approximately $200,000 per year.
There are other areas of savings, primarily in staff reductions, that could save the City of Wildomar an additional $200,000 + per year.
However, unless and until the two aforementioned “opportunities” are fully vetted by staff, and then considered in public deliberations, Wildomar will continue to “circle the drain” economically, accompanied by fatalistic handwringing, until it attains fiscal insolvency.
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