SECURITY CONCERNS AND UPDATES
WE HAVE ADDED THIS PAGE TO UPDATE THE COMMUNITY ON THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS WITHIN THE SECURITY DEPARTMENT
The Board of Directors has had elevated concerns with the cost of running the Security Department. Measure J was passed by the voter's of Rancho Murieta in 1998. The Measure called for a Security Department within the District, with a maximum annual tax increase to Residents of 2%. The original rate provided for two gate officers and one patrol officer 24/7/365. Twenty two years later, the Department costs far more than the annual tax increase affords, and the District has been suplementing the Department with unallocated tax revenues. The taxes collected to fund the Security Department fall short of the expences by approximately $450,000 in the 2020-21 Fiscal Year. These unallocated tax revenues are sorely needed to fund reserves which will replace equipment and infastructure. The District plans to release a survey to Residents which will ask how much they are willing to contribute to run the Department. The response will determine if the topic will warrant a reforndum be placed on the ballot in June 2021. The choices are increase the rate charged for security or provide less services.
BELOW IS A BRIEF HISTORY OF ACTIONS TAKEN IN RECENT YEARS:
In March 2017, a community survey was made available online and hard copy formats for people to complete regarding the Security Department and security concerns within the District. The survey was developed, collected, and analyzed by the consulting firm the District retained in 2016. The firm, Burns and McDonnell, Inc., released their full report in late 2017, including the survey. In April 2018, the report and survey were released to the public.
In October 2018, the District along with Rancho Murieta Association (RMA) held a joint town hall meeting for residents to voice their concerns regarding security within the District. The meeting was held in a workshop type format where residents went around the room listing their concerns or comments in four (4) different topics. RMA collected the comments and forwarded them to the District.
The Chief took the comments, and leaving them in their respective topics, assigned areas of responsibility for each comment; for example, CSD, RMA, CSD/RMA (jointly), and OTHER meaning outside jurisdictions such as the Califonria Highway Patrol (CHP) or Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department (SSD). The Matrix was then discussed and released to the public at the Joint Security Committee Meeting in February 2019. During that meeting, the Committee decided to seek the public’s input on their top five (5) security concerns within the District, ranked by order of importance.
The District has published the Burns and McDonnell survey and the Security Town Hall meeting Matrix on the District’s website for review, below.March 2017 Security Concern SurveyOctober 2019 Townhall Matrix
Some Facts Regarding the 2017 Security Survey
- 443 - Total Respondents
- 4,456 - Adults in Rancho Murieta
- 10% - Response Rate
- 354 - Respondents needed to represent a statistically valid survey with 95% confidence level and 5% margin of error
- 25% - The amount by which the survey surpassed the respondents needed for a statistically valid sample
- Ratio of North/South survey respondents exactly mirrored the ratio of North/South households
- # of North Rancho Murieta Households: 1,857
- # of South Rancho Murieta Households: 767
- Ratio of Total South/North Households (71%/29%)
- # of North Rancho Murieta Responses: 304
- # of South Rancho Murieta Responses: 126
- Ratio of South/North Responses to Security Survey (71%/29%)