In 1990, the Board of Supervisors (Board) approved the Keller Canyon Landfill land use permit and franchise agreement which included the establishment of three fees to mitigate the following impacts of the landfill: traffic generated on the County's road system, the impacts of the landfill on open space, existing and proposed recreational facilities and agricultural land, and general impacts of the landfill upon the surrounding community. The KCMF process was approved and first awards made in 1992. In 1994, the Board amended the land use permit and the franchise agreement to combine the mitigation fees, as well as to provide additional flexibility in the use of funds, specifying that they shall be used by the Board in its sole discretion. The current program/project/service categories considered for funding include: youth services, code enforcement, public safety, community beautification, and community services. The Department of Conservation and Development is the administrative manager for the Fund.
On August 11, 2020, the Board approved the FY 2020/21 KCMF plan in the amount of $1,413,870 for specified programs/projects recommended by the KCMF Review Committee (Committee). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the committee opted to work with the prior year's grantees for FY 2020-21, since many of these grantees were unable to complete their programs/projects due to shelter-in-place orders. Moreover, budget uncertainties and the precarious nature of the pandemic encouraged the committee to take a conservative approach to the FY 2020/21 recommendations. The KCMF program currently has $828,588 in FY 2020/21 unallocated funds, about $700,000 more than in FY 2019/20.
The Committee will reconvene to discuss the possibility of additional recommendations in the coming weeks. In the meantime, due to the ongoing pandemic, and in acknowledgement of the FY 2020/21 KCMF budget surplus, the Committee is proposing an allocation of $50,000 for COVID-19 outreach to the KCMF target area. The purpose of this outreach would be to inform residents and businesses in the community of the importance of following the health order, programs and resources available to help address economic impacts, the availability of no-cost testing and other information helpful to the community. This project would be carried out by the Board of Supervisors District V office to combat a spike in COVID-19 cases within the KCMF target communities.
Any additional allocation recommendations will be brought to the Board for its review at an upcoming meeting.
Not approving the $50,000 COVID-19 outreach allocation may hinder public health efforts to mitigate the pandemic in an area that has seen a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases.
The recommended project will support at least one of the five community outcomes established in the Children's Report Card.