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San Marcos City Council considers allocating funds to COVID-19 relief efforts

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SAN MARCOS — The San Marcos City Council met June 9 to discuss how to use additional funding given to the city by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

CDBG funds are used to conduct activities that assist low- to moderate-income residents, households and communities.

To receive CDBG funds, the city developed a Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan, Citizen Participation Plan, and a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report back in May.

The council unanimously voted last Tuesday to receive an additional CDBG allocation of $426,486, and agreed that the allocation should be used to help people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to receive the CDBG allocation, HUD requires the city to have an approved Substantial Amendment to the Federal Program Year 2019 Annual Action Plan, detailing the use of the funding. The council approved the amendment and will move forward with submitting it to HUD.

The council has yet to decide how exactly the funds will be used in COVID-19 relief efforts, but they discussed the possibility of implementing rental assistance or child-care programs. They agreed to revisit the issue in future meetings.

Councilmembers also approved the city’s transportation improvement program list of projects for fiscal year 2021-25 as part of the San Diego Transportation Improvement Program Ordinance and Expenditure Plan or TransNet Extension Ordinance.

A request was also approved to revert acreage from 12 residential lots to a single 26.70-acre lot west of Twin Oaks Valley Road between Maloney Street and Via Las Brisas.

Finally, the council approved $8,439,462 from Fiscal Year 2019-20 General Fund one-time revenues to be appropriated to the Fiscal Year 2019-20 General Fund Operating Budget.

The next San Marcos City Council meeting will be held on June 23.