LAFCO of Santa Clara County has completed its first and second round of service reviews and will be commencing the third round of service reviews.
A service review is a comprehensive review of municipal services within a designated geographic area conducted to: (1) obtain information about the services; (2) evaluate the provision of services from a comprehensive perspective; and (3) recommend actions to promote the efficient provision of those services.
LAFCO adopted a work plan for LAFCO’s third round of Service Reviews and Sphere of Influence Updates using the following structure and priorities (listed from highest priority to lowest priority):
- Special Study of Rancho Rinconada Recreation & Park District
- Countywide Fire Service Review
- Countywide Water and Wastewater Service Review
- Special Districts Service Review
- Cities Service Review
The second round of service reviews were conducted between 2009 and 2015. The second round focused on collecting more detailed information; identifying and analyzing issues related to public accountability, transparency, and service efficiency and effectiveness; providing recommendations to address these issues; raising public awareness about potential solutions to these issues and working with agencies to implement recommendations.
The first round of services reviews were conducted from 2003 through 2007 and focused on developing relationships with cities and special districts, collecting basic information on the various agencies and developing accurate maps for special districts.