TO: HONORABLE MAYOR & CITY COUNCIL
FROM: CITY MANAGER
DATE: MARCH 1, 2005
SUBJECT: RESOLUTION TO THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS REQUESTING FAIR AND NON-ARBITRARY REVIEW OF SHERIFF’S COSTS TO TAX PAYERS OF CONTRACT CITIES
Mayor Pro Tem Wolowicz has asked that the City Council consider adopting a Resolution requesting that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors make a complete and thorough review of all aspects of costs and expense related to the Sheriff’s delivery of services to contact cities.
After the difficult budget period experienced by the County of Los Angeles last year, the Board of Supervisors directed that the County-Auditor prepare a report that investigates any "unbilled" costs of Sheriff’s services that could be passed on to the Contract cities. The study is divided into two phases. Phase I, involves an audit of services primarily provided to the 40 cities that contract directly with the Sheriff for public safety services. The Phase II review is focused on the costs of recruit training, the Homicide Bureau and the Major Crimes Unit. These costs would probably be spread to all the Los Angeles County cities, with the possible exception of the City of Los Angeles who does not rely on the Sheriff for these services. How the costs of these Sheriff functions may impact contract cities’ costs has not yet been discussed. The Phase II study is tentatively scheduled to begin after the completion of the Phase I study.
The County of Los Angeles Auditor-Controller review of Sheriff’s organizational units to identify unbilled costs of "internal support units" that may be redirected to contract cities (Phase I) has concluded that: "Overall, from our reviews to date, we would estimate that billing for these services could potentially result in over $9.9 million being allocated to contract cities." Allocation of these costs to the contract cities has been estimated to increase Sheriff’s fees by about 5%
At the California Contract Cities Association Board of Director’s meeting on February 16, 2005 the Board heard a status report on the Auditor-controller Report and approved a motion to adopt the attached Resolution. Mayor Pro Tem Wolowicz represented the City of Rancho Palos Verdes at the Board meeting.
Attachment: Letter from California Contract Cities Association
Letter from Sheriff Baca