Residents May Have to Subscribe For Emergency Services

Under a plan proposed by city staff, the Murrieta Fire Protection District may institute a subscription fee for residents that would offset the cost of services.

Residents may have to subscribe for emergency services from the fire department, if a plan to reduce costs and increase reserves is approved.

The Murrieta City Council -- sitting as the Fire District -- is slated Tuesday to consider a plan to institute a subscription program for emergency services.

Those residents who opt out of the plan would have to pay for their emergency services, under a proposal supported by staff.

In addition to the subscription fee, city staff has proposed that the department set aside an ambulance paramedic crew strictly for emergency services, keeping firefighters on engines so that services would not have be cut.

Under this proposal, service response times would also remain intact, according to a staff report on the matter.

Funding for the district comes mainly from property tax revenues but a downturn in the economy and lessening in property values has had a negative impact on the heretofore healthy reserves.

Between 2008-09 and 2010-11 fical years, the MFD had a 24-percent decrease in revenue, the staff report indicates.

A sunset clause in the proposal will allow for reduction in subscription rates by 50 percent, should property taxes return to 2008-09 levels, according to the staff report.

The subscription service would cost $4 per month per household.

Revenue to be generated by the two-pronged approach is estimated at $700,000, according to the staff report.

AFR July 03, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Read the story! Did you see the "sunset clause"??? Here Greg, I'll re-post it for you. In the future, read the whole story and don't be like most bloggers, just write negative comments after reading the title of the story. Here's what the article read and hopefully will answer your question about "where does it end"; "A sunset clause in the proposal will allow for reduction in subscription rates by 50 percent, should property taxes return to 2008-09 levels, according to the staff report."
AFR July 03, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Frank, I can honestly say, out of all the idiots that post on these blogs, you are in the top 5 of the biggest morons that I've ever seen. Frank, what you have just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone on this blog is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.
Harvey Mushman July 24, 2012 at 06:13 AM
I'll tell where this is going. Murrieta may become the latest city to the Bankrupt list. The good times have clearly gone. A small city with little tax revenue and really no entertainment draw such as a Disneyland or a vacation draw like San Diego will eventually have money issues; especially if they have their own fire and police services. Realize both agencies don't make revenue. The MPD and city fire department cost too much money for our little community to afford. The county sheriff and Cal Fire should be ready to absorb both departments...
Lenny Marshman II August 16, 2012 at 05:51 PM
So-called Fire-"fighters" KNOW they're committing one of the biggest con-jobs of all time. Name another profession, perhaps Drawbridge Attendant, where you spend most of your time NOT doing your core job. They get "Fluffy" out of trees, take "Sparky" to P.S. 97, shop at the grocery store, work-out with weights, polish their vehicles. In a typical work-week, what is the percentage of time spent actually "fighting fires"? And they get paid handsomely to boot, and we tax-payers foot the bill. What a scam!
Amanda Golden August 20, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Name another job besides Drawbridge Attendant... um, US military special forces spend a great deal of their time in training and comparatively very little time in actual real-world operations. Doesn't make me love, respect or appreciate them any less.


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