Central Fire District prepares an annual budget document each fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) that provides a basic understanding of the District’s planned spending for the coming fiscal year. The primary budget objective is to provide the highest possible level of service to the District residents while maintaining a sound financial condition. Copies of the proposed and final budget are made available to all interested parties and opportunities are provided for public input prior to final adoption of the budget.
Central Fire District prepares an annual audited financial statement presenting its financial position and results of its financial operations in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). The fiscal year begins on July 1st and ends on June 30th. Note: FY 2019-2020 was the final year in which separate Audited Financial Statements were compiled for the two Districts of Central FPD and Aptos/La Selva FPD. For FY 2020-2021, the statement will be combined to reflect the new consolidated Central Fire District.
Mid-County Fire Agencies Consolidation Feasibility Study and Service Review Report
This report by presents the findings of a study by ESCI looking at how Central Fire Protection District and Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District could work more efficiently together through either a joint-powers authority (JPA), or consolidating the districts into one agency.
Central Fire District's Fleet Services Business Plan is a comprehensive three-year strategic plan that serves as a guide in providing direction to the Division and our customers as we forecast future needs.
Standards of Coverage & Management/Administrative Assessment
The Central Fire Protection District retained Citygate Associates, LLC to conduct a comprehensive Standards of Coverage and Management/Administrative Assessment to provide a foundation for future District planning. The goal of this assessment is to identify both the current service level and services desired, and then to assess the District’s ability to provide them. After understanding gaps in operations and resources, Citygate provided recommendations to maximize and improve District operations and resources over time.
This report analyzes the cost of service relationships that exist between fees for service activities associated with fire prevention, including sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, vegetation management plan, state fire marshal inspections, California fire code permits, occupancy inspections, and public education. The results of this study provide a tool for understanding current service levels, the cost and demand for those services, and what fees for service can and should be charged.
In October of 2017, Aptos/La Selva Fire Protection District approved the Emergency Services Master Plan presented by Citygate Associates, LLC. The report includes a summary of Fire District services, Standards of Cover Analysis, assessments of Administration, Management, Staffing and Finance, Future Service Demand, and Risk Assessment, and recommendations for improvements in the future.
Countywide Fire Protection Services and Sphere Review
Adopted by LAFCO of Santa Cruz County in October 2021, this Service and Sphere of Influence Review provides information about the services and boundaries involving the 13 fire service providers in Santa Cruz County. The report will be used by the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) to conduct a statutorily required review and update process. The Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Act requires that LAFCO conduct periodic reviews and updates of Spheres of Influence for all cities and special districts in Santa Cruz County (Government Code section 56425).