The Marin General Services Authority (MGSA) was created in 2005 by the cities, towns and county of Marin to offer various public services effectively and efficiently throughout the county in a uniform manner with minimal overhead expense. The Joint Powers Authority Agreement creating MGSA states, "The purpose of this Agreement is to establish a public entity separate from the County, Cities, Towns, and Special Districts. This Authority will finance, implement and manage the various municipal services assigned to it."
These services now include Street Light Maintenance, funding of Abandoned Vehicle Abatement by local police, and Taxicab Regulation. The MGSA Board of Directors serves as an advisory body to the Marin County Board of Supervisors regarding the Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (MCSTOPPP). The MGSA also accepted administrative responsibility for MarinMap in 2008, the Marin Climate and Energy Partnership in 2007, the Mediation Program run by the District Attorney's Office, and Animal Care and Control in 2015.
The MGSA is a Joint Powers Agency and has a governing Board consisting of four Town/City Managers, the County Chief Administrative Officer or his/her designee and two Public Works Directors. The Board is scheduled to meet six times a year; more frequently if needed.
Click here to view the Joint Powers Agreement creating MGSA