The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors plans to meet Sept. 19 on the top floor of the county building at 701 Ocean St. in Santa Cruz. (Stephen Baxter — Santa Cruz Local file)
9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19 / Online and at Room 525, 701 Ocean St., Santa Cruz
A 25-cent charge on disposable cups in unincorporated areas of Santa Cruz County is generating “drastically less revenue than anticipated,” according to a Santa Cruz County staff report. The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors is expected to adopt a revised spending plan for the money at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19.
Santa Cruz County voters approved a 25-cent charge for disposable cups in 2019. In July 2022, voters approved a measure to allocate half of the money to the county. The intent was to encourage the use of reusable cups and direct money to environmental improvement projects in the county.
Originally estimated to generate $700,000 annually, county leaders now expect about $280,000 annually. The revised spending plan would allocate $100,000 to park maintenance and beach cleanups, $100,000 to remove illegally dumped trash, $30,000 for administrative costs and $10,000 for each of the five county supervisor districts for supervisors to direct to local nonprofit groups.