Slow development and not enough annexation proposals have hurt the San Joaquin County Local Agency Formation Commission. LAFCO officials Tuesday will ask the Board of Supervisors for an $85,000 loan through the end of the fiscal year.
The board is also expected to authorize the county and the city of Stockton to submit a joined claim for federal dollars for three law enforcement programs.
"LAFCO charges for processing annexation applications," Executive Director Bruce Baracco said. "We haven't generated sufficient funds from filing fees."
Baracco said that development projects have been too slow to move through city and county approval this year. The commission, which gets all of its money from a combination of city and county allocation, and development fees, was expecting to make $140,000 in fees in the 2005-06 fiscal year, but is not anticipating only $65,000.
However, he said that in the next 15 months, the commission is expecting to process annexation applications for 48 development projects, and will get back on track. Those projects are expected to generate about $250,000, Baracco said.
Deputy County Administrator Evelyn Asia said the temporary loan will need approval from four of the five supervisors to pass.
"According to what (LAFCO officials) are saying, they will pay the county back in 2006-07," she said.
Supervisors will hold a public hearing and vote whether to allow the county and Stockton to submit a claim to the federal government for a grant for law enforcement programs.
The grant is part of the federal Justice Assistance Grant program. The city and county have been getting money through this grant since 1996.
The joint application identifies the county and Stockton as "disparate locations."
This occurs when a jurisdiction is scheduled to receive more than another jursidiction, while the other bears more than 50 percent of the costs of prosecution or incarceration. That is the case between Stockton and the county.
"This means we have to agree how the money will be spent," county analyst Phil Brown said.
Stockton would get about $234,300 through the grant and the county would get about $61,100. This is 36 percent less than what was given out last year.
The three programs to be funded primarily through the grant are the district attorney's Youth Gun/Gang Prosecution Program, which pays the salary of a prosecutor whose job is dedicated to prosecute youth gun and gang-related charges; the probation department's Kids' Alcohol and Drug Alternative Program, which is a treatment program that is part of juvenile drug court; and the funding for the salaries of two crime analysts for the Stockton Police Department. The analysts keep track of countywide violent crime.
A Stockton gang outreach program that last year got money through the grant will not get any funding next year, according to a staff report.
Brown said that the 36-percent cut in the grant gave an advisory committee only two choices: Cut each program by 36 percent, or get rid of funding for one program altogether.
"We weren't funding the (gang outreach) program much anyway," Brown said.
The Stockton City Council approved its part of the agreement and application last month.
First published: Monday, April 17, 2006