April 21

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 4/21/2020

Use the Cyberagenda page for the full meeting information.

Highlights of the April 21, 2020 Board Meeting:

  1. SPECIAL NOTICE on Meeting Participation
  2. Administrator's Report on COVID-19 Response
  3. Disaster Relief for San Rafael Small Businesses
  4. Safety Net Relief Fund for COVID-19 Response
  5. Property Tax Penalties
  6. Termination of Marin Telecommunications Agency

1. SPECIAL NOTICE on Meeting Participation

SPECIAL NOTICE

The Board of Supervisors is holding fully electronic meetings in response to the continued COVID-19 pandemic shelter-in-place order. The Board members log in via videoconferencing software and are actively encouraging remote public participation in the meeting via email and new online options.

Need more info? See the flyer and news release about the fully electronic meetings. More information is on the first page of each meeting's agenda.

Contact:  Brent Ainsworth, Public Information Specialist, County Administrator's Office 

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2. Administrator's Report on COVID-19 Response

Preview

Shortly after the Board convenes at 9 a.m., the Board will hear a report from the County Administrator and possibly other County staff about the local COVID-19 response. The County proclaimed a local emergency and a public health emergency in early March, and since then staff has worked in an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to coordinate public response efforts. A local shelter-in-place order was issued in March 16 to help limit the spread of COVID-19. A new sheltering order was issued March 31 and is in effect until May 3. 

Review

The report was made.

Need more info? Watch the report from the Facebook video (fast forward to the 30:00 mark).

Contact: Matthew Hymel, County Administrator

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3. Disaster Relief for San Rafael Small Businesses

Preview

The Board will hear a request from the County Administrator to execute an agreement with the San Rafael Chamber Educational Foundation, Inc., in the amount of $50,000, to provide COVID-19 disaster relief funds for San Rafael small businesses. The County's shelter-in-place order has adversely affected commerce throughout Marin County. The economic impact is likely to cause a fall in sales tax and property tax revenues. The chamber's Educational Foundation was established to provide qualified businesses with one-time grants of up to $5,000. A County contribution would match that of the City of San Rafael.

Review

The Board executed the agreement.

Need more info? See the staff report about the disaster relief funds for San Rafael small businesses.

Contact: Matthew Hymel, County Administrator

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4. Safety Net Relief Fund for COVID-19 Response

Preview

The Board will hear a request from the Department of Health and Human Services to approve supplemental budget appropriation in the amount of $1 million for safety-net COVID-19 response and approve $1 million to apply to contracts for emergency rental assistance/homelessness prevention for low-income residents. On March 24, the Board approved a one-time emergency appropriation of $1 million for safety net response efforts related to COVID-19, including $500,000 contributed from the Marin Community Foundation (MCF). Requests for public support from the fund were much larger than the allocated resources. Staff recommends that the Board accept a second $500,000 grant for COVID-19 safety net response from MCF and approve a $500,000 one-time match of County General Funds. It also recommends approval of a 2019-21 master contract in the amount of $1 million to apply to contracts with Health and Human Services homeless rental assistance providers and approve a related one-time 2019-20 budget adjustment. Lastly, the Board plans to direct staff to explore CARES Act allocations of $938,065 from the Housing and Urban Development for additional low-income housing assistance programs.

Review

The Board approved the supplemental budget appropriation for the safety-net COVID-19 fund.

Need more info? See the staff report and news release about the COVID-19 safety-net allocation.

Contact: Matthew Hymel, County Administrator

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5. Property Tax Penalties

Preview

The Board will hear a request from the Department of Finance to consider adopting a resolution delegating to the Director of Finance (Tax Collector) discretion to discharge from accountability the collection of property tax penalties and cost resulting from the COVID-19 declared emergency. The Tax Collector has the limited authority to cancel property tax penalties and cost on a case-by-case basis. The Board has the authority to approve an application from the Tax Collector to discharge from accountability the collection of penalties and cost. If it does, the Tax Collector could establish a process for granting such discharges related to taxes that became delinquent during the first term of the shelter-in-place order. 

Review

The Board adopted the resolution.

Need more info? See the staff report and news release about property tax penalties.

Contact: Roy Given, Director, Department of Finance

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6. Termination of Marin Telecommunications Agency

Preview

The Board will hear a request from the County Administrator to take several actions related to the termination of the Marin Telecommunications Agency (MTA). The Board will consider adopting a resolution authorizing the Marin General Services Authority (MGSA) to collect fees from cable television providers on behalf of the County, and to exercise all of the functions performed by the MTA. The fees go toward the stations that air public access, education, and government (PEG) channels. The Board will then conduct a first reading of an ordinance repealing Chapter 5.30 of the Marin County Code terminating the Marin Telecommunications Agency and scheduling a merit hearing for 10:30 a.m. April 28.

Review

The Board conducted the first reading of the ordinance and scheduled a merit hearing for 10:30 a.m. April 28.

Need more info? See the staff report about the Marin Telecommunications Agency.

Contact: Matthew Hymel, County Administrator

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