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1 <br /> ORANGE COUNTY <br /> BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS <br /> ACTION AGENDA ITEM ABSTRACT <br /> Meeting Date: April 7, 2020 <br /> Action Agenda <br /> Item No. 6-a <br /> SUBJECT: Climate Action Tax Recommendations for FY 2019-20 — School Solar Update <br /> DEPARTMENT: Asset Management Services, <br /> Financial and Administrative <br /> Services <br /> ATTACHMENT(S): INFORMATION CONTACT: <br /> 1. Climate Action Tax Projects and Brennan Bouma, (919) 245-2626 <br /> Scoring Report FY 2019-20 — Paul Laughton, (919) 245-2152 <br /> Revised <br /> 2. Answers to Board Members' <br /> Questions on Solar for Schools <br /> Grant Program <br /> PURPOSE: To: <br /> 1) Receive additional information on the Solar for Schools Grant program that could be <br /> funded through the FY 2019-20 Orange County Climate Action Tax in response to Board <br /> members' questions at the February 4, 2020 Board Business Meeting; and <br /> 2) Approve funding for the recommended Solar for Schools Grant program for FY 2019-20 <br /> as outlined in the attached report. <br /> BACKGROUND: As part of the FY 2019-20 budget, the Board of Commissioners authorized an <br /> additional '/4 cent property tax to provide an estimated $469,272 dedicated to accelerating <br /> climate change mitigation through the new Climate Change Mitigation Project in the Capital <br /> Investment Plan. <br /> When the tax was authorized, the BOCC stated that it would decide the final prioritization of <br /> projects to be funded, and the Board requested that the Commission for the Environment (CFE) <br /> provide feedback on prospective projects in advance of BOCC review. <br /> The CFE completed its initial scoring, and the BOCC reviewed a report that outlined the <br /> recommended projects at its Business meeting on February 4t". At that meeting the Board <br /> approved funding for two of the four recommended projects, and at the request of school <br /> leadership, temporarily deferred taking any action on the two projects which make up the <br /> proposed Solar for Schools grant program. Attachment 1 is a copy of this report revised in <br /> accordance with the comments received from the BOCC. <br />