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Local groups given TOT funds


July 02, 2014
The June 24 passage of the County of San Diego's 2014-15 budget included the allocation of Community Enhancement funds from the County of San Diego's Transient Occupancy Tax revenue, and several valley organizations will receive grants from the Community Enhancement program.

Each county supervisor was given a $599,393 Community Enhancement budget and made recommendations on how much of his or her budget would be given to each group requesting funds. The recommendations were then ratified by the entire San Diego County Board of Supervisors during the approval of the budget. 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. Each county supervisor also has a $1 million discretionary Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget, so some Community Enhancement requests can be fulfilled by that source.

Valley Center Band Boosters, which did not receive any 2013-14 funding from TOT revenue, obtained $4,000 of its $30,000 request. The money will be used for the summer concert series including funding for bands, marketing, promotion, and advertising.

The $15,000 allocated to the Valley Center Chamber of Commerce exceeds the $10,000 received last year but was less than the chamber's $30,000 request. The grant will fund $6,500 for a business mailer, $5,000 for office expenses, and $3,500 for networking events.

The Valley Center Pageant Association received the entirety of its $5,000 request, which also matches last year's grant. The funding will 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. This year the district's $10,000 request resulted in a $5,000 award that will provide funding for August's Concert in the Park.

The Pauma Valley Community Association sought $27,800 and was allocated $12,500, which will be used for a shade cover for the existing play structure. Last year $10,000 of Community Enhancement funding was awarded to the group.

Full Access and Coordinated Transportation, Inc., seeks to provide public transit services to unserved residents. The total $48,000 requested amount included $2,000 to promote expansion of FACT services into non-urban areas in the Fifth Supervisorial District including Valley Center, Fallbrook, and Bonsall, and the entire $2,000 for that part of the request was granted.

The San Diego Winery-Vintner Community Development Council is a first-time applicant and requested $265,000. The $5,000 awarded will fund a campaign case and video, memberships in professional and networking organizations, list acquisition and mailings, prospect research, grant writer services, and a part-time assistant.

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Karen Bates