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File #: 15-0196    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 2/5/2015 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 2/24/2015 Final action: 2/24/2015
Title: Veteran Affairs recommending the Board approve and authorize the Chair to sign a letter to support the County Veterans Service Officers Local Assistance (subvention) funding level be reverted to $5.6 million by the State of California. FUNDING: State Funding.
Attachments: 1. A - Support for AB171 - Chair Letter 2-24-15, 2. B - 2015 BOS letter of Support for increase in CVSO funding to $5.6 million (1) 2-24-15, 3. Executed letter 2-24-14 item 38.pdf
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Veteran Affairs recommending the Board approve and authorize the Chair to sign a letter to support the County Veterans Service Officers Local Assistance (subvention) funding level be reverted to $5.6 million by the State of California.

FUNDING: State Funding.
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Fiscal Impact/Change to Net County Cost
The letter of support has no financial impact to the County.

Background
The Governor released his proposed budget for the 2015-16 Fiscal Year. The funding level for CVSO Local Assistance (subvention) has reverted to $2.6 million, as in years past. It is being requested to again raise this amount up to $5.6 million. As in the past few years, there will be fighting to make this $5.6 million funding level permanent. This past year the Legislature approved additional funding for CVSOs from $2.6 million to $5.6 million. The veterans need this additional funding so that CVSOs can continue to provide the additional help and assistance that these additional dollars have done in past years. El Doardo County has over 15,000 veterans. El Dorado County Veteran Affairs Office wants to help all our Veterans procure the benefits and programs that they have earned by serving our country.

The new Chair of the Assembly Committee on Veterans Affairs, Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin (D-Camarillo) and the committee consultant John Spangler will be introducing legislation to again increase the funding to $5.6 million and make it permanent.

Many counties, including El Dorado County, have submitted letters of support for this increase over the past 2 to 3 years. Last year, the state provided additional funding. These letters are needed to keep doing this ( urging the passage of a bill to permanently increase CVSO funding to the $5.6 million dollar level) until the entire legislature and the governor understand the great need for this additional funding and vote for passage of the bill Assemblywoman Irwin presents for passage.

Reason for Recommendation
It is critical...

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