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Supervisors vote for a continuance for proposed methodology for the Fire Fund

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Posted at 7:12 PM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 22:12:51-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Kern County Board of Supervisors postponed a vote on the proposed Cost Reimbursement Methodology and Phased Implementation for the Kern County Fire Fund Tuesday.

The methodology, presented by the consulting firm Natelson Dale Group, Inc., is expected to generate an additional $10.3 million annually for the Fire Fund once the methodology is fully implemented.

"I literally do not understand this simple question if anyone can answer it," said 4th District Supervisor David Couch, expressing his frustration with the proposal. "We are being asked to approve a methodology in a phasing period and then go negotiate, I have no clue what you're going to negotiate."

The board voted four-to-one for a 90-day continuance. Supervisor Mike Maggard voted against the continuance.

*A previous version of this story stated that the Board of Supervisors voted to approve the proposed methodology.*