Board to share the wealth

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By SCOTT PESZNECKER

Calaveras County supervisors will be asked to dole out more than $70,000 in state funding to various community groups, fulfilling commitments the board made two years ago.

Supervisors also will be asked to apportion the county's share of settlement money from a statewide tobacco lawsuit to several community groups.

In August 2001, supervisors approved giving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families incentive funds to seven community groups.

TANF funds are awarded to counties that show a declining number of people using the welfare system or an increase in earnings for low-income residents.

However, in June 2002, the state took back unspent TANF funds because of the impending budget crisis.

Terri Beaudreau, director of the Calaveras Works and Human Services Agency, said the state has since disbursed more TANF funds to the county. She will ask supervisors to return $72,600 to community groups.

"We want to go back and make good on those contracts we made with our community partners," Beaudreau said.

The Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth Services applied for $10,187 in TANF funds; Community Medical Center Family and Marriage Counseling applied for $5,750; Human Resource Council Domestic Violence Prevention applied for $18,932; Human Resource Council Secure Families Project applied for $7,750; Mountain Ranch Youth Alliance applied for $8,206; Vallecito Union School District Healthy Families Academic Support Program applied for $5,807; and the Vallecito Union School District Healthy Family Services applied for $15,965.

The payments would be one-time allotments from the county.

Supervisors will also talk about giving tobacco settlement money to various community groups.

Last July, the county agreed to give $50,000 to five community groups, but the groups requested $78,000. County Administrative Officer Tom Mitchell has proposed giving each group about one-third less money than it requested, bringing the total to $50,000.

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