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Local groups seek TOT funds


June 18, 2014
Community groups seeking Community Enhancement funds from the county of San Diego's Transient Occupancy Tax revenue offered their reasons June 9 and10 at a designated San Diego County Board of Supervisors hearing.

Each county supervisor has a $599,393 Community Enhancement budget and will decide how much of his or her budget will be given to each group requesting funds. Although the revenue is derived only from TOT money collected from lodging facilities in the unincorporated portion of the county, organizations in incorporated cities are also eligible for funding.

Most organizations will receive less than the amount they requested. The money is not based on the previous year's allocation, and there are no adverse consequences of asking for more money than will be granted. Each county supervisor also has a $1 million discretionary Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget, so some Community Enhancement requests can be fulfilled by that source. The county supervisors will begin deliberations on the budget, including the Community Enhancement allocations, June 24.

Valley Center Band Boosters, which did not obtain any 2013-14 funding from TOT revenue, requested $30,000 which would cover $15,000 for the annual Valley Center Music Fest, $8,000 for the summer concert series, $4,000 for the Veteran's Day concert, and $3,000 for the annual jazz benefit concert.

Last year the Valley Center Chamber of Commerce received $10,000. The $30,000 request for 2014-15 would allow $10,000 for office expenses, $6,500 for a business mailer, $5,000 for a business exposition, $5,000 for the Western Days parade, and $3,500 for networking events.

The $5,000 requested by the Valley Center Pageant Association matches last year's grant and would be spent on the Miss Valley Center pageant.

None of the 2013-14 Valley Center Parks and Recreation District funding was from the Community Enhancement program. The district's $10,000 request for the upcoming fiscal year would provide $5,000 for July's Concert in the Park event and $5,000 for August's Concert in the Park.

The Pauma Valley Community Association sought $95,500 of 2013-14 funding and was given $10,000. The 2014-15 request of $27,800 comprises $20,000 for a shade cover for the existing play structure, $6,000 for solar lights for the front entrance, and $1,800 for playground bark for the existing playground.

Full Access and Coordinated Transportation, Inc., seeks to provide public transit services to unserved residents. The total $48,000 requested amount includes $2,000 to promote expansion of FACT services into non-urban areas in the Fifth Supervisorial District including Valley Center, Fallbrook, and Bonsall, and another $34,000 would be used for support staff in District 5.

The San Diego Winery-Vintner Community Development Council is a first-time applicant and requested $265,000. The association would spend $130,000 on planning activities, $50,000 for website development and marketing, $35,000 for membership activities, $30,000 for staff training, and $20,000 to facilitate the application of an inland North County appellation.

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