Supes to adjust community fund

03/21/2013

The Marin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved revisions recommended by County Administrator Matthew Hymel to the Community Services Program for the next fiscal year. Mr. Hymel recommended changes in how the program allocates funding to nonprofits and government agencies, as well as a 14 percent reduction in funding. Mr. Hymel said that the board requested such changes after public input and a Marin County Civil Grand Jury report, which found a lack of transparency and oversight. The jury argued that supervisors should focus on countywide or district issues and not “the nonprofits of their individual constituents.” They further found that the fund, which comes from the county budget, “create[s] an unhealthy political atmosphere” since the process could offer leverage and clout to political incumbents. Supervisors, who are charged with approving requests and disbursements, have encouraged certain organizations to apply for grants, the report found. Some other California counties have either shut down or come under fire for similar funds.