Municipal Services Review for the North County Area of Monterey County

Issue: The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) of Monterey County had no mechanism to perfom a comparative evaluation of service districts in their jurisdiction. A new State law, the LAFCO Reorganization Act of 2000, required all LAFCOs do begin this type of analysis.

Solution: To address this issue, Cypress was hired to prepare the first comprehensive inventory of service districts (e.g. water, sewer, fire, etc.) and community service areas (CSAs) in the northern portion of Monterey County. This study, adopted by LAFCO in 2006, provides the LAFCO Board with objective information that is now used in their decisions about the expansion, reorganization and other changes to service districts in the North County area.