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Eight local groups allocated TOT funds

The Bonsall Chamber of Commerce and seven Fallbrook community groups will receive Community Enhancement funds from the County of San Diego’s Transient Occupancy Tax for Fiscal Year 2010-11.

The Community Enhancement allocations were approved June 29 as part of the approval of the county’s Fiscal Year 2010-11 budget. Each county supervisor had a $500,000 Community Enhancement budget and decided how much of his or her budget to give 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 were also eligible for funding.

The Bonsall Chamber of Commerce requested $22,000 and was allocated $10,000, which is also what the chamber received last year. The chamber sought the money for office operations, the Bonsall Country Festival, the River Village Wine, Dine and Art Walk, and a printed version of the Bonsall Business Directory.

The Fallbrook Art Association also received the same amount it was given for 2009-10, obtaining $14,500 of its $15,100 request. The money will be used for a spring open juried show and a fall open judged show, for public art demonstrations, for one-day art workshops, and for class sessions at Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary School.

Fallbrook/Bonsall Rally for Children requested $10,500 and received $3,000, which is also the amount the organization obtained last year. The funding will help cover materials for “hands-on” arts and crafts experiences, paid performers, the Art of Science program, transportation to and from events, portable toilets, fliers, and ranger pay.

In 2009 the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce received $85,000, and this year it was provided with $70,000 of its $185,000 request. The chamber will fund business and economic development, community support with emphasis on emergency assistance, the Avocado Festival, the Christmas Parade, and operations to attract tourists including street maps and tourism guides, website information, and outreach programs.

The Fallbrook Gem and Mineral Society received $3,000, matching its 2009 amount, and had desired $5,000 for exterior maintenance and repair of the society’s museum building.

The Fallbrook Historical Society received $2,250, as it did last year, while asking for $2,600 which would fund a community-compatible sign on South Mission Road and Rocky Crest Road, mannequins to display vintage clothing, and a brochure for the rock and mineral exhibit.

The Live Oak #1166 Questers, which last year received $2,000, asked for $2,500 of 2010-11 funds to continue restoration of the kitchen area and was allocated the entirety of its request.

Riding Emphasizing Individual Needs and Strengths (REINS), which was given $3,000 last year, received $6,000 of its $125,200 request for 2010-11. The money will help fund occupational and physical therapists, certified instructors, and therapy workshops.

Each county supervisor also has a discretionary Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget, which was $2 million for Fiscal Year 2009-10 and will be $1 million for Fiscal Year 2010-11, so some Community Enhancement requests can be fulfilled by that source.

Four of the five Greater Fallbrook organizations which applied for TOT funding but did not receive an allocation from that source received Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grants between March 2 and May 19.

The Live Oak Park Coalition submitted a Community Enhancement application requesting $21,000 for construction of the new outdoor amphitheater which was subsequently funded by a May 19 Neighborhood Reinvestment Program allocation rather than by Community Enhancement money. The Fallbrook Area Visitors Bureau did not receive any of its $65,000 request for TOT funding but was allocated $50,000 of Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funding on March 2. The Fallbrook Center of the Arts received $27,000 of Neighborhood Reinvestment Program money on March 2 and $44,600 on April 27 in lieu of the $90,000 requested from TOT revenue. The Fallbrook Food Pantry received an $11,500 Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grant April 27 but none of its $35,000 Community Enhancement request.

The Camp Pendleton Historical Society sought $25,000 of Community Enhancement funding but did not receive an allocation.

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