Prohibiting use of Commission Funds to Supplant State or Local Government Funds
Adopted by Resolution of the Sonoma County Children and Families Commission on January 23, 2002.
Purpose: The purpose of the policy is to assure compliance with Proposition 10, adopted by the voters in 1998. Health & Safety Code section 30131.4 provides, in part, that Prop. 10 funds shall be used only to supplement existing levels of service and not to fund existing levels of service. It further provides that no money in the Commission’s trust fund shall be used to supplant state or local general fund money for any purpose.
- Policy: 1
No Commission funds shall be used to supplant state or local general fund money for any purpose. Commission funds shall be used only to supplement existing levels of service and not to fund existing levels of service.
- Policy: 2
To that end, no Commission funds shall be granted or used for any existing project or program funded by state or local general funds unless the proponent demonstrates to the Commission’s satisfaction that the Commission’s funding will be used to improve the quality or quantity of an existing service, and not to supplant existing funding.
- Policy: 3
The prohibition on supplantation was intended to prevent state and local governments from shifting fiscal responsibility for ongoing public programs to the state and local commissions. The prohibition on supplantation does not make reference to privately funded or federally funded programs. Therefore, the prohibition applies only to programs and services currently or previously funded by state or local government general funds, and which are “existing” as defined below.
- Policy: 4
The prohibition on supplantation was not intended to prevent, stifle or discourage state or local government agencies from funding pilot programs, which provide valuable innovations and formation. Therefore, the prohibition should not be interpreted to apply to pilot programs or services, as defined below.