City, County Settles Suit Over Firefighting Revenue

New deals have been cut between the city of Bakersfield and Kern County over how to divide firefighting revenue, property taxes and annexation costs.

Councilman Harold Hanson told Kern County Board of Supervisors chairman David Couch prior to Wednesday’s city council meeting that the agreements should lead to better relations between the city and the county.

“Very difficult circumstances from time to time, but there was a lot of cooperation there, and, as a result, good results,” he said.

Couch said both sides have been trying to resolve each issue ever since he was a councilman.

“There were times when I (joined the Board of Supervisors) that it would never end – I know you felt the same way,” he said. “But the important is that it’s settled.”

The firefighting revenue deal settles a three-year lawsuit. Terms of each agreement were not announced.

– Anthony Pollreisz