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Eastern Madera County and its unincorporated communities are governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors. An appointed Planning Commission handles land-use matters, with appeals to their decisions falling under the Board of Supervisors’ responsibility. A satellite government center is located at Bass Lake.
Our current county retail sales tax total is 7.75 percent, with 6.25 percent going to the state, 1 percent to city and county governments and 0.5 percent set aside to address local transportation and road needs.

The Madera County Sheriff’s deputies, based at the government center Bass Lake, and California Highway Patrol officers provide law enforcement protection for the area. The United States Forest Services supplemental officers supervise the Bass Lake campgrounds.

Similarly, the paid staff at the Madera County Fire Department handles basic fire fighting coverage. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, the United States Forest Service, and many corps of trained volunteers are also on stand-by during forest fire threats. Ahwahnee, Bass Lake, Cedar Valley, Coarsegold, Fish Camp, North Fork, Rancheria, Raymond, Oakhurst, and Yosemite Lakes Parks each sponsor volunteer fire stations for their residents.


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