The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will decide how to allocate a third of this year’s Measure A revenue, or $15.3 million. They’re expected to spend the bulk of it on affordable housing and healthcare for the uninsured.
Here’s a quick breakdown of how the money will be divided:
The county’s Social Services Administration wants $845,860 of the tax revenue to pay for “safety net” services. This would target the homeless, elderly, disabled and victims of domestic violence. The Domestic Violence Advocacy Consortium could get $624,650, if supervisors approve the amount next week. The District Attorney’s Office would get $1.11 million.
The Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits wants another $117,500 for food warehouse repairs, commercial refrigeration for a food bank and a new van for food deliveries.
Another $3.35 million could go to Community Health Partnership, which supports Valley Medical Center. Healthy Kids, an insurance program for low-income children and teens, is asking for $3 million. Readers might remember San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed told the county to pay for it out of its Measure A moneybags.
The Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System could get about $798,976 in Measure A funds, should supervisors pass the plan. The hospital’s Center for Population Improvement: $1.57 million. The Valley Medical Center’s patient advisory task force could get $700,800.
Affordable housing for non-violent ex-cons and low-income families may get $4 million.
None of this includes the extra $9.7 million from Measure A. Supervisors have asked county departments to submit proposals for how to use it. Those plans should come up for discussion during the mid-year budget review in January.
• About $300,000 from the federal/state budget reserve could go to the county’s Mental Health Department to pay for homeless support services. The cash comes from about $12 million in annual federal funding. Currently, the average price of a San Jose studio is $1,399 a month and rents are rising nearly 10 percent a year.
• A few years ago the county created the equivalent of 8.5 full-time jobs through a tobacco prevention and control grant. But the funds expired earlier this year, forcing the county to shrink the program down to four full-time positions and cut back expenses in the Public Health Department budget by more than $550,000.
• County officials want to come up with some guidelines and success measures before it moves forward with plans for a 55-acre civic center in downtown San Jose.
WHAT: Board of Supervisors meets
WHEN: 9am Tuesday
WHERE: County Government Center, 70 W. Hedding St., San Jose
INFO: Lynn Regadanz, [email protected]