The Fallbrook Public Utility District will hold a workshop on December 14, 2015 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm about the possibility of FPUD activating latent powers for park and recreation facility ownership and operation. This would mean if LAFCO granted the application, they would have the power to manage parks in this area, including the Santa Margarita River Trail System. This could allow Fallbrook to have more input into our recreational areas and types of recreation here in town.
SANTA MARGARITA RIVER TRAILS MEETINGS ARE HELD AT FALLBROOK PUBLIC UTILITY DISTRICT 990 E. MISSION FALLBROOK, CA., 92028
In 1976, San Diego County’s Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) created County Service Area No. 81, which covers parks in Fallbrook, DeLuz, and Rainbow and derives its funding from a share of property tax revenue. The governing body of a county service area is the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, although a CSA No. 81 advisory board is comprised of local residents appointed by the Board of Supervisors.
LAFCO must grant FPUD latent powers to own and operate park and recreation facilities. An FPUD application to LAFCO for such latent powers would need to address forecasted revenues and expenses, sources of revenue projections such as property taxes and user fees, and the future of CSA No. 81.
We have 25,000 plus users in our trail system yearly from South San Diego County and Riverside County. This brings business into our town all year long. This includes hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians.
We need to make sure that the FPUD Board knows how important all of these issues are to our community and to Trail Users in Southern Calif. Please get the word out for hiker, bicyclists and equestrians who use the Santa Margarita Trail system to attend this most important workshop.