Eva Knott 4:04 a.m., May 23
County Defends Neighborhood Reinvestment Program
The county's Chief Administrative Officer issued a response to six Grand Jury reports that were released during the past year. Each response will be reviewed by county supervisors during a June 28 meeting.
One of those reports dealt with the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program, a program that allows supervisors to issue grants to county departments, local non-profits, and public agencies.
Critics of the program say it is essentially a slush fund that supervisors can tap into when in need of some political support. In an April 26 report, members of the Grand Jury partially agreed, offering recommendations on ways to make the program more transparent.
County supervisors and staff members, however, continue to defend the program.
One of those recommendations was to ask grant applicants whether any of their officers donated to a supervisor's political campaign. County staff disagreed, stating the information was already available in campaign finance reports.
The Grand Jury also recommended that the county publish the Tax ID number for each recipient. The county responded that publishing the Tax ID may expose organizations to identity theft and "provide information that could be used for tax abuse."
County supervisors are expected to approve the response send it to the Superior Court Judge that presides over the Grand Jury.