Amid financial difficulty, Half Moon Bay is in negotiations to outsource its recreation services to San Carlos, a city that last year disbanded its own police force and outsourced law enforcement services to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.
Half Moon Bay’s council voted unanimously 5-0 on Saturday to begin negotiations to outsource its recreation services. At the same meeting, the city voted to outsource police services to the county Sheriff’s Office.
Half Moon Bay expects to save about $187,500 annually with the San Carlos recreation merger, said San Carlos City Manager Jeff Maltbie. Contracting out both police and recreation services can potentially save the financially strapped Coastside city a total of $687,541, according to staff reports.
Half Moon Bay’s current budget of $9.8 million has been trimmed by at least 20 percent in the past two years, said Half Moon Bay City Manager Laura Snideman.
San Carlos handed its police department over to the Sheriff’s Office last October, saving $2 million, Maltbie said. San Carlos’ Parks and Recreation Department has undergone cuts and structural changes in the last two years, but Maltbie said it is now stable enough to provide adequate services.
"We’re sharing service, so there are savings on our end too," he said of the arrangement with Half Moon Bay.
San Mateo County Sheriff Greg Munks expects negotiations with Half Moon Bay on the takeover of police services to start immediately and doesn’t anticipate major roadblocks to getting a deal in place by July 1.
"The San Carlos thing went remarkably well," he said. "I think we have a pretty good template to follow."