To enable the District to carry out its fire protection mission, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors allocates it a share of the County property taxes, amounting to approximately $7,600,000 per year. The District has ongoing expenses annual expenses of about $5,900,000, most of which is for the contract with County Fire to provide staffing for the District-owned fire station at Foothill College. The unused balance is available to be used for special projects, such as the upgrading of fire hydrants and ensuring the adequacy of water supply to them, and the reduction of the highly hazardous fire risk of eucalyptus trees by pruning or cutting them down.
During past years the District has accumulated a strong balance of funds by careful under spending, which has enabled it to undertake costly but essential fire prevention projects. The audits, for example, of the last three years show a declining fund balance, due to the cost of special projects mentioned above. Once these special projects are completed, these costs can be expected to stop.
The District’s finances are audited annually by an outside auditor, and are subject to audit at any time by the Audit Division of the Board of Supervisors. In common with other County special districts, our District annual budget is incorporated in the County annual budget.
Annual Financial Reports