|RAFD receives award from local tax group
Fire agency honored despite campaigning for higher taxes
Every year, the Sonoma County Taxpayers Association gives the Spencer Flournoy Good Government Award to a government official who displays skill and fiscal responsibility in management of the people’s tax money.
This year, they gave it to an official who asked them to support a tax increase: Frank Treanor, Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District Chief. Here’s why:
The Taxpayers’ Association typically opposes tax increases, but in this case, they based their award on RAFPD’s unusually disciplined approach to financial management.
Before the November election, Treanor made a presentation to the SCTA board, asking them to endorse Measure Z on the November 2012 ballot. This measure would have raised the special tax within the district by $60 per year to offset a deficit created by the downturn in property tax revenue. The measure required a 66 2/3 percent majority to pass, but fell short, winning only 62.8 percent.
The SCTA endorsed Measure Z, and was impressed with several aspects of the financial management at RAFD.
One example was the way RAFD rewrote specifications for new water tenders, which let the district purchase two water tenders for the price of one.
SCTA also recognized the fact RAFPD has saved taxpayers thousands of dollars in pension costs. The district achieved these savings by maintaining their retirement system at 2 percent at age 50 instead of adopting the widespread 3 percent at 50 plan.