Nevada City’s annual operating budget will receive a 7% boost through funds collected through California’s statewide cannabis excise tax.
Nevada City’s 2019-20 budget shows that the city collected a total of $4.8 million through various taxes and fees. Over the next three years, the city will improve its technological infrastructure, youth programming and law enforcement infrastructure with a $1 million grant through the Board of State and Community Corrections.
The council is expected to approve receipt of the grant at its Tuesday meeting. Fund distribution won’t happen until June.
Nevada City Councilman and grant writer Doug Fleming said the community corrections board created the Cannabis Health, Safety and Compliance Project grant to develop a safe, sustainable and equitable cannabis industry and mitigate the potential negative impacts on the region’s youth and the environment.
The grant parameters required 10% of the funds be spent on youth-focused services, ultimately meant to discourage underage cannabis consumption.
Fleming said the grant he drafted allots 40% of the awarded grant to Nevada City youth by supporting law enforcement’s community policing efforts, educational programming on cannabis and updating outdated technology.
According to Fleming, one school administrator told him that the only time he witnesses police on campus is when one of his students is in trouble.
“They’d like to see a positive role model of police to help kids that are struggling at home or at school,” Fleming said, adding that a woman might best be fit for the role in order to connect with students on a personal basis about their lives at home.
Fleming, one of the few African American leaders in Nevada County, said although the Nevada City Police Department has faced scrutiny in the recent months, in particular for the way the department handled the Aug. 9 Black