Community Investment Fund Program

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors established the Community Investment Fund Program (formerly known as the Advertising Program) in 1986 using funds from the Transient Occupancy Tax (Hotel/Motel Tax or bed tax). Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) is currently charged at a rate of 12% for lodging at lodging and camping establishments in unincorporated areas of the county.

In the early hours of October 9, 2017, Sonoma County responded to the Sonoma Complex Fires, which burned 17 square miles and destroyed more than 7,000 structures, including 5,143 homes. It will take years to fully recover from the devastating fires. As a result, the Board of Overseers approved and updated the Community Investment Fund Policy which provides for a four-year funding plan to maintain consistent funding for essential services that support community recovery efforts.

The Community Investment Fund Program uses a portion of the TOT to encourage tourism, economic development, community engagement and community services through a variety of grants and funding avenues. The program offers various grants to non-profit community organizations for local events that will support businesses or enhance the culture, and organizations that benefit the community. In addition, the program offers grants to address security impacts due to tourism. The program also provides funds to Department of Regional Parks, Department of Economic Development, the Office of Recovery and Resiliency, and a number of other county department activities.

In addition, the Supervisory Board will separately monitor and distribute the 3% increase in the L measure to TOT. The categories of these funds are: Road Repairs and Improvements, Regional Parks, Fire Services, Affordable Housing, Code Enforcement and Operator Compliance, Event Facility Improvements, and Tourism Impact Funds.

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Jill E. Washington