Workers additionally advisable a reserve fund equal to 25% of the annual income for income stabilization.
However fifth District Supervisor Steve Lavagnino was against that concept, noting the county spent $20 million this 12 months and can doubtless spend $20 million of hashish tax income on one-time bills.
“This might make substantial, seen, tangible adjustments, for me, as an alternative of disappearing into the ether of the Common Fund,” Lavagnino stated, noting the general public must see how the cash is being spent.
He identified the county has greater than $500 million in one-time wants, mentioning lighting at Rice Ranch Park in Orcutt and the wished-for bicycle/pedestrian path from Santa Maria to Guadalupe.
Lavagnino additionally warned that hashish taxes won’t all the time be a steady revenue on the stage it’s presently.
“What occurs if there are adjustments on the federal stage that we don’t find out about?” he requested.
First District Supervisor Das Williams stated he supported contemplating a portion of hashish taxes an ongoing income, however he wasn’t certain what that share ought to be.
He stated funding a number of the ongoing bills might save the county cash.
Third District Supervisor Joan Hartmann, who initially recommended contemplating hashish revenues an ongoing supply, stated she agreed with each Lavagnino and Williams.
So far as having the cash used for issues which might be seen, “I’m unsure that essentially means a alternative between ongoing or one-time,” Hartmann stated.
She famous that relating to libraries and serving to the homeless, the dearth of steady funding makes planning troublesome.
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