Additional Staff and Membership Dues
Staff has estimated that an additional full time employee (FTE) working in the General Services Department will be necessary to effectively reach the milestones outlined in Attachment B – Proposed Strategy and Timeline. This employee would begin work in FY10 and assist the Environmental Compliance Manager in managing the “in-house” operations portion of the climate protection program, including monitoring, tracking and updating the Clean Air Protection (CACP) Software, tracking greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts, and serving as a liaison between staff, the Board of Supervisors, and a County-wide Task Force, if established.
Membership Dues to ICLEI are $1200, which includes the Clean Air and Climate Protection (CACP) Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions software that the County will use to calculate and track GHG emissions.
The 5-year (FY09-FY13) budget estimate for additional staff and membership dues is $210,395.
Budget Impacts for Implementing Local Action Plan
The budget impact of implementing a long-term climate protection plan depends entirely on the details of the Local Action Plan. As the County has not yet reached this stage, it is difficult to provide an accurate budget estimate. Staff has conducted some budget-related research by contacting six localities that have implemented a Local Action Plan. The details of this research are presented in Attachment D: Budget Details.
In summary, the budget range based on what the researched six localities budgeted towards various climate protection programs, policies and projects is $175,000 to $1,860,000 for FY09. If multiplied by 5 for a five year budget estimate, the range is $1,085,395 to $9,510,395, including the additional $210,395 for additional staff and membership dues. Clearly, the amount of money budgeted towards this initiative largely depends on the nature and number of projects, programs and policies implemented.
According to staff research, sources used to fund climate protection programs include innovative approaches, such as implementing an incentive-based residential or commercial utility tax to fund the program, but may simply involve allocating funds as they become available or devoting a continually-increasing annual budget to the program.
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