Residents look for areas to spend Prop. 10 revenues
South Lake Tahoe residents are rolling up their sleeves to secure their fair share of El Dorado County’s $1.75 million Proposition 10 revenues.
Proposition 28, which tried to repeal the tobacco surtax added to cigarettes in 1998, failed in the Tuesday election.
That means the money will continue to accumulate into the county bank account and will be distributed according to the county’s Children and Families First Commission findings on county children ages prenatal through 5 years old.
“Lake Tahoe gets less money than Placerville agencies and we need it just as much as they do,” said one of the 30 audience members who met for the first time Tuesday to brainstorm city priorities.
Once the county results are recorded, the data will go before the board of supervisors for approval.
“That’s why we’re here,” said Bill Thorpe, the hired sub-contractor for the Children and Families Commission.
“We want the community to really come together as to how they want to use the money,” Thorpe said, “And we want the whole community.”
“You’re here because you are important to this process and we want to know what you think,” said Judi Harkins, assistant to 5th District Supervisor Dave Solaro, who did not attend the meeting because of a board meeting on the West Slope.
Solaro is the only commission member who represents South Shore.
Community members from various agencies voiced their ideas in an open forum and decided that an English/Spanish directory of area resources was vital to South Shore families. “People don’t even know what is available to them,” the audience said.
There was concern about the lack of transportation families have to doctor appointments and parents who are in school who have no bus service to and from the community college.
Child care and early child development were also marked as priorities. The child care center at the college has a waiting list more than two years long.
Audience members spoke on behalf of families with disabilities and said that they have minimal services in the area.
Thorpe will compile all the information received from Tuesday’s meeting and will meet with the community again to figure out what the biggest need is.
“In order to be successful (receiving funds that have yet to be distributed) we need one voice,” Thorpe said.
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