The Marin Emergency Radio Authority (MERA) is a countywide organization that helps keep Marin residents safe by coordinating emergency calls and 911 dispatch. To accomplish these functions, MERA "rents" staff from various Marin agencies and municipalities.
In February, MERA requested that Corte Madera consider leasing some staff to the organization. After a careful internal review, we determined that our staff has the capacity to help MERA, and that the payment to be gained from contracting out our staff's "excess" capacity—$65,000 per year—makes it worthwhile to Corte Madera residents.
Since the contract can be canceled should we need to reclaim the staff capacity being leased to MERA, I was happy to vote yes, helping a critical public safety agency while making a few extra bucks for Corte Madera taxpayers.