01-07-2020

Discussion and Possible Action Including Possible Direction to Executive Office to Perform Assessment of Economic Development and Financing Corporation (EDFC), Documenting Total County Contributions and Return on Investment
(Sponsor: Supervisor Williams)

RECOMMENDED ACTION/MOTION:
Direct the Executive Office to perform assessment of EDFC, documenting total County contributions and return on investment.

SUMMARY OF REQUEST:
EDFC was founded in 1995 through the efforts of the County of Mendocino and the four incorporated jurisdictions: Willits, Ukiah, Point Arena, and Fort Bragg. Mendocino County has maintained significant monetary contributions. $883k from the County combined with sizable contributions from the cities justify an analysis of return on investment. For the greater than $1M of local public funds utilized since EDFC inception, what have we accomplished? Has EDFC met our condition of satisfaction? If not, what needs to change in the partnership and charter? Is EDFC mature enough to stand on its own and if not, what’s the roadmap for reaching this critical milestone?

Discussion and Possible Action Including Direction to Executive Office to Return with a Plan to Make Most Mendocino County Business Licenses Optional
(Sponsor: Supervisor Williams)

RECOMMENDED ACTION/MOTION:
Direct Executive Office to return with a plan to make most Mendocino County business licenses optional.

Administration of business licenses likely operates at a loss. To champion a culture of people working and to fulfill our pledge to make Mendocino County a small business friendly environment, we should adopt a rebuttable presumption that businesses are operating legally. Annual registration, fees and plan checks impede small business. Except circumstances where local businesses benefit from documentation of a business license, the requirement should be deprecated. Unnecessary government intrusion is a detriment to our local economy.

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