the County Offices in Placerville ... www.edcgov.us
County is governed by a five member Board of Supervisors elected
to represent districts for four year terms. Both Placerville and
South Lake Tahoe operate with a Mayor/City Council form of government.
Revenues for local government are primarily provided from the following
sources: Property taxes, sales taxes, license/permit fees, gas tax,
cigarette tax, alcoholic beverage tax, assessment districts and
franchise fees. Throughout the county, franchise arrangements are
used for private sector participation in providing cable television,
garbage service, water service, natural gas and electricity.
GOVERNMENTAL ZONING AND LAND USE
El Dorado County is governed by a comprehensive general plan. Land
use issues are addressed by the County Planning Commission with
final authority resting with the Board of Supervisors. The County
Planning Department operates a streamlined Permit Center to provide
fast processing of applications with priority given to new businesses
locating in the county. The City of Placerville and the City of
South Lake Tahoe each operate their own planning departments and
administer their own zoning requirements.
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office provides service to the unincorporated
areas of the county with a force of 375, including 170 sworn officers.
A variety of special programs are operated, including the Special
Emergency Response Team (SERT), Crisis Negotiation Team, Boat Patrol
- including the only kayak patrol in California, and an extensive
neighborhood watch program partly comprised of a senior citizen
volunteer program called the Sheriff’s Team of Active Retirees (STAR). The department also operates a
search and rescue team comprised of more than 150 volunteers with
specialties in tracking, Nordic skiing, rock climbing, etc. The
search and rescue team is a model for California counties and provides
training to other communities.
The City of Placerville Police Department
has 18 sworn officers, the City of South Lake Tahoe has 54 sworn
officers. The Placerville Police Department recently instituted
a two person bicycle patrol in the downtown area, providing high
visibility and mobility while bringing back the old fashioned neighborhood
“beat cop.” Seventeen local fire prevention units serve the county.
In addition, fire protection is provided
by the California Department of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service.
The insurance classification for the County from the Pacific Board
of Fire Underwriters is as follows: Placerville: 5/9; Adjacent areas:
4 - 10; South Lake Tahoe area: 5/9.
El Dorado County (530) 621-5800
Placerville (530) 642-5220
South Lake Tahoe (530) 542-6000
El Dorado County (530) 621-5355
City of Placerville (530) 642-5252
City of South Lake Tahoe (530) 573-2020
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
El Dorado County - www.edcgov.us
City of Placerville - www.cityofplacerville.org
City of South Lake Tahoe - www.ci.south-lake-tahoe.ca.us
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