Kids, ecology and councils reap tourist tax grants
The Board of Supervisors on Dec. 16, 2019, awarded $102,000 of tourist tax funds, including awards of $30,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Sonoma Valley and $10,000 to the Sonoma Ecology Center. Elsewhere in the county, $10,000 was awarded to Nuestra Comunidad, $20,000 to LandPaths, $25,000 to Russian Riverkeeper (on behalf of Clean River Alliance), $2,000 for the Pacific Coast Air Museum, and $5,000 for Alexander Valley Winegrowers.
An additional $28,500 from the Tourism Impact Fund will go to support Municipal Advisory Councils (MACs) countywide and a Wellness & Preparedness Fair. Several MACs were formed to advise supervisors last year; Sonoma Valley has the Springs MAC, and the now-forming North Valley MAC that will serve the areas of Eldridge, Glen Ellen, and Kenwood is currently accepting applications. The Councils will advise their respective supervisors on local issues and spending needs.
The Transient Occupancy Tax (Hotel/Motel Tax or Bed Tax) is levied at a rate of 12 percent in unincorporated Sonoma County. Voters approved increasing the tax from 9 to 12 percent in 2016. A third of the revenue goes into the General Fund; the remaining funds are allocated according to the Community Investment Fund Policy.