The State of California Parks and Water Bond Act of 2018, commonly referred to as Proposition 68 (Prop 68), was approved by voters on June 5, 2018. Prop 68 allocates funds to local governments on a per capita basis for local park rehabilitation, creation, and improvements. Recipients are encouraged to utilize awards to rehabilitate existing infrastructure and to address deficiencies in neighborhoods lacking access to the outdoors (PRC §80061(b)).
The City of Beaumont’s preliminary allocation is $177,952 and must be programmed for capital outlay for recreational purposes, either acquisition or development. Funding can only be used to supplement and not replace existing funding (PRC §80062(d)). Similarly, if a project has been approved and a funding source has been identified, as in the case of the adopted capital improvement program, per capita funds cannot be swapped in as a new funding source unless the prior funding source is applied to other identified recreational capital projects.
Staff has identified unfunded recreational features within the community and found that only Three Rings Ranch Park meets the criteria outlined in the grant program, serves a severely disadvantaged community, and does not require a 20% match. Although Stewart Park and Rangel Park meet the criteria and serve severely disadvantaged communities, they currently have authorized funds in the adopted capital improvement program and would require that the prior funding sources be applied to other identified recreational capital projects. Additionally, all other parks within the City would require a 20% match since they do not serve a severely disadvantaged community.