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The Marin Emergency Radio Authority (MERA) is a Joint Powers Authority in Marin County, California, formed in 1998 to plan, implement and manage a countywide public safety and emergency radio system for the use of all member agencies.

MERA is a collection of public agencies formed in partnership to provide and operate a public safety radio system; governed by a Board of Directors comprised of representatives from the County of Marin, all cities, towns, and fire districts in Marin, and other special districts such as the Marin Municipal Water District. The Executive Officer and Operations Officer serve the Board via contract.
MERA provides a crucial communications delivery system that is interoperable between public agencies in order to efficiently and effectively facilitate critical (emergency) communications.  This system helps unify public safety response and ensures communication among individual agencies and departments. The system of 17 base station radio and receiver sites provides regional or countywide radio communications among dispatch centers and mobile units throughout the county.  You can view a map of the system here.

As a member of MERA, the City pays its contributive share for both operational and infrastructure costs as well as radio maintenance and replacement.  MERA radios are used by the City's Police Department, Public Works Department, and other first-responder and emergency responder personnel.

As a system quickly reaching its 20-year life-span it will inevitably encounter significant maintenance and operational challenges.  The MERA Board is evaluating finance and governance alternatives for the next generation system.

MERA is the backbone of public safety and emergency response.  The interoperability of MERA communications allows for coordinated responses amongst the various public safety and emergency response disciplines.  MERA connects you to the services you need from the very second you call 9-1-1.

For more information about MERA, agendas, minutes, meeting schedules, governance, organization, and the system and facilities - visit the MERA Online.

Senior Homeowner Exemption - Deadline June 1, 2016
Qualified low-income seniors in Marin County are eligible to file for a tax exemption from a parcel tax, approved in November 2014, which supports the County’s next-generation public safety emergency radio system. To qualify for the exemption for a single-family residence, you must (1) be 65 years of age or older by December 31, 2016, (2) own and occupy your residence, and (3) not have earned a total annual household income of more than $65,700 in 2015. The deadline to file an exemption for the 2016-2017 tax year is June 1, 2016.

Maureen Cassingham
Executive Officer

Phone: (510) 886-3429
Fax: (510) 886-3429

MERA Offices
c/o Novato Fire Protection District
95 Rowland Way
Novato, CA 94945
Phone:  1-415-878-2690
Fax:  1-415-878-2660

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Contact City Hall
450 San Rafael Ave.
Belvedere, CA 94920-2336
Ph: 1-415-435-3838