Tobacco money spending by local governments
California is expected to receive $21.4 billion over 25 years from the Master Settlement Agreement with major tobacco companies. Those funds are split between the state and 61 local governments -- 58 counties and three cities. Here's a look at how those l
ALAMEDA: Dedicated 100 percent to health programs, including $6 million per year for county medical center's capital projects. Community groups can apply for grants from a $4 million fund for capital improvements, but grantees must agree to tobacco control protocols. Those include disclosing if the group accepts tobacco industry contributions and submitting a plan to divest of any tobacco holdings.
ALPINE COUNTY: This tiny county, population 1,100, will get between $5,000 and $7,000 a year. But a decision can't be made on how to spend the funds because Alpine is short two county supervisors until a March election. The county's public health office says they can use about 10 percent of the funds until then, and plan to spend it on pharmaceutical aids for residents who want to stop smoking.
AMADOR: For the past two years, the county has earmarked 20 percent of the payments for anti-tobacco activities, and has set the rest aside while the board of supervisors debates its use. The fund now has $371,000 in it, but there are still no plans. The county expects to receive $348,000 this year.
BUTTE: The county expects to get about $2 million this year, which will be deposited in the county's general fund to help pay for public safety and health expenses. About $150,000 will go to tobacco education programs.
CALAVERAS: County supervisors are considering dividing the funds equally between capital improvements, local fire departments and grants for community groups. County Supervisor Lucy Phein says the fire department claims that a majority of their calls are tobacco-related, from fires started by cigarettes to medical calls for chronic illnesses. Calaveras will get about $317,000 this year.
COLUSA: The county expects to get about $189,000 this year and will invest in a trust fund while the board of supervisors considers securitizing the entire $11 million Colusa could receive over 25 years. Of the funds received so far, the county invested $403,000 in a plan to buy the local hospital to keep it out of bankruptcy.
CONTRA COSTA: Supervisors directed tobacco funds to health care, and county health officials plan to use it for indigent medical care. The county is expecting $10.8 million for this year. None of the funds will go to smoking cessation or tobacco education campaigns.
DEL NORTE: Expects to add this year's payment of $272,000 to general fund to offset county medical services expenses, health department and ambulance service.
EL DORADO: Between 2002 and 2006, 85 percent of the county's estimated $584,000 annual settlement will go toward public health programs and 15 percent will go to anti-smoking programs. After 2006, county supervisors will reconsider how to spend the funds.
FRESNO: The county put $18.2 million, from payments received between 1999 and 2001, toward expanding a jail and to build a new juvenile justice facility. In fiscal year 2001-02, an estimated $9.1 million will be split between funding the juvenile facility and to offset required general fund expenses for health and mental health.
GLENN: Expects $260,000 this year, which will be put into the county's general fund. No specific plans have been made for the money.
HUMBOLDT: Expects to receive $1.5 million this year and will invest $215,000 toward drug programs, including smoking cessation. The balance goes to the county's general fund to help defray health care and other costs.
IMPERIAL: The county expects to get around $1.2 million this year, and has not completed plans for the money. Previous payments have been put aside until the board of supervisors decide.
INYO: Inyo County hasn't decided how to spend this year's $200,000 payment. The decision could go to the voters, who would vote whether to invest the money into the local hospital. County supervisors are also considering making the money available for community grants.
KERN: The county expects to get about $6 million for this year. Of that, the county will put about $4.6 million into maintenance and capital projects and $1.6 million into radio upgrades for the sheriff's department. Public health programs will get $350,000, mental health will get $500,000 and code enforcement programs will get $400,000. Kern County Medical Center will get a total of $5 million from this year's and last year's payments.
KINGS: The county board of supervisors is asking voters to decide whether to approve an increase in sales tax, which would be coupled with the $1.2 million annual tobacco payment, to build a new jail and juvenile facility. Previous funds have been set aside for correctional facilities.
LAKE: Lake County plans to use $400,000 a year for at least four years to bring its sewage treatment plant up to compliance with state health regulations. The balance of the approximately $587,000 yearly payment will go toward a health program for seniors.
LASSEN: The county expects to receive $342,000, which it will put in a trust. The $514,000 the county has received so far also went to this trust fund, but no plans have been made for the money yet.
LOS ANGELES CITY: The city expects to get $11.1 million this year. The city council last year rejected a plan to use the money to pay for mounting legal bills from the Rampart police scandal.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY: Expecting approximately $95 million, the county will spend $12 million on anti-tobacco programs. It will dedicate 100 percent of the money to health care, including plans to increase primary care and improve mental health programs.
MADERA: Will get about $1.2 million this year and intends to securitize the funds, getting a lump sum that will go for construction of a new government center. Previous funds have gone into a trust that will be used for capital projects.
MARIN: Will receive about $2.4 million a year. The county established a $2 million trust fund to provide four years of funding to a tobacco education program. Remaining money to go toward health programs, with county supervisors revisiting how to divide the funds in 2004.
MARIPOSA: The county expects to get $177,000 this year. For the past couple of years, the money went to a trust fund where it accrued interest and will now be used to build a park. Only the first payment will continue to go that fund, and the remainder of the payments sit in the general fund until the county makes further plans.
MENDOCINO: The county expects to get nearly $1 million this year, and will use 40 percent for debts accrued for capital improvements on health facilities. The remaining money will be dedicated to community health programs, but none specifically for tobacco education or cessation programs.
MERCED: Merced County Board of Supervisors voted to securitize their funds, providing the county with an estimated $26 million. Those funds will be used to build a new juvenile hall and animal shelter.
MODOC: Modoc Supervisors voted to securitize their funds, which will give the county approximately $1.2 million to pay off debts accrued by the county hospital.
MONO: For the next two years, the annual payment of $46,000 will be used to pay county hospital's debt. Following the debt repayment, funds may continue to address tobacco-related illness treatments.
MONTEREY: Slated to receive $4,401,000 this year, the county will fund clinics as well as spend $95,276 in tobacco prevention. About $840,500 will be used as reimburse money spent on the uninsured. About $2,780,000 will be spent on road repairs. The funds will also go to county health facilities and a health coalition trust fund.
NAPA: The county expects $1.4 million this year. Effective October 2001, funds will go solely to funding health-related services. For the next two years, $750,000 will fund health services for the underserved and disadvantaged.
NEVADA: Will use all of this year's $970,000 payment for salary increases for county employees. County officials say they were losing employees to other areas because salary levels were so low. Previous payments have also gone to the general fund for salaries.
ORANGE: Orange County expects to get $28.8 million this year, and has budgeted $23.2 million for health care initiatives, as set forth by a ballot measure that mandates the majority of the funds go to health programs. The remaining funds will go to public safety programs, including capital improvements of the jail.
PLACER: The county will place all of the $2,138,000 into a reserve fund, but the Board of Supervisors haven't decided what to do with the money yet.
PLUMAS: Expecting to receive $244,000. The county will devote 20 percent of the money to health programs, which includes anti-tobacco programs. The county plans to divide the rest of the money between tobacco prevention programs, funds for the hospital and care and treatment programs.
RIVERSIDE: The county received $13.5 million for the year ending 2001. Of that, $9.8 million went to the county medical center and $3.7 million went to public health funding, which includes tobacco awareness. The county is expected to receive $14 million this year, but the county will decide what to do with it once the money has been paid.
SACRAMENTO: The first year's payments of about $16.3 million were used for building up county reserves and one-time investments in programs for mental health, the working uninsured and clean air. Payments for the next five years, each about $12 million, will go into an interest-bearing account to provide 15 years of revenue for tobacco prevention programs, public health and youth programs. After that, anticipated revenues will be securitized for capital projects for health, youth and community facilities.
SAN BENITO: The county expects to get $450,000 this year which will go to the county general fund.
SAN BERNARDINO: County officials allotted $38.8 million from first two years' payments to the medical center reserve and debt service, $1 million for indigent care and $1 million for tobacco education and smoking cessation. No plan for future disbursements.
SAN DIEGO CITY: The city will get $9.5 million this year. Of that, $1.5 million will go to a fund to rebuild the city library, $3.5 million goes to parks and $2 million goes to an after-school program for children. Since the county handles public health services, San Diego city officials have devoted $250,000 to law enforcement to enforce tobacco laws.
SAN DIEGO COUNTY: Expects to get about $29 million this year, and has allocated 100 percent to health programs. Plans to increase access for uninsured will the largest share, with $13 million in 2001-02. Mental health programs get $4 million, as will a regional cancer program, and alcohol and drug services will get $2 million. Tobacco prevention and education will get $2 million.
SAN FRANCISCO CITY/COUNTY: The county expects $19,189,000 this year and has plans to spend $1 million per year for 25 years for tobacco control.
SAN JOAQUIN: Expecting $5,948,000, the county allotted the money for road projects, upgrades at San Joaquin General Hospital, and other building projects.
SAN JOSE CITY: The city expects $5.9 million, and will spend 25 percent on anti-tobacco programs, 50 percent to education programs and 25 percent to senior programs. It will also invest in the Children's Health Initiative, which helps bring health coverage to uninsured children in Santa Clara County.
SAN LUIS OBISPO: Expecting $3.2 million and has dedicated 25 percent to new or existing tobacco control programs, 25 percent to senior programs, and the rest to education.
SAN MATEO: All of the $7.5 million expected this year will go toward health services, with $270,000 of that dedicated to tobacco control programs.
SANTA BARBARA: The county has dedicated 100 percent of this year's $4.3 million payment to health services. The county will set aside 20 percent of the next 12 payments, then will evaluate how to use that fund. Of the balance of the yearly payment, $815,000 will be used on tobacco education, treatment and prevention programs. The rest will be divided among other health issues, such as dental, emergency care and aging programs, as well as clean air and water projects. The county spent previous payments of $1.8 million on capital projects for public health facilities.
SANTA CLARA: The county has dedicated $1 million a year to tobacco control for the duration of the payments. The remaining funds are dedicated to health care, including about $3 million a year to the Children's Health Initiative to help provide health coverage for uninsured children in the county. The county's expects to get $20 million this year.
SANTA CRUZ: The county expects to get about $2.5 million which will be invested in tobacco cessation programs and other county health facility expenses.
SHASTA: Shasta County will get around $1.7 million this year. The county used 90 percent of previous payments for capital projects and the rest to Shasta Community Health Center.
SIERRA: The county will put its $41,000 into the parks and recreation portion of the general fund.
SISKIYOU: The county, which gets about $538,000 a year, has put the money in a separate trust fund. They plan to spend part of the money on water and sewer needs by lending to communities so they can update their systems. About 15-20 percent of the funds will go to general health needs.
SOLANO: Solano County expects to get $4.8 million this year and will split it between drug, alcohol and tobacco programs and increasing access to medical care for the uninsured. The board of supervisors is expected to vote next week to phase in the plan.
SONOMA: The county expects $4.5 million this year which will be set aside. County officials are considering securitizing the payments and using the funds for capital improvements. Previous payments were used for capital projects, such as a new 911 dispatch center, road work, deferred maintenance and smoking cessation and related programs.
STANISLAUS: Half of the county's $4.8 million will go toward neighborhood improvements and the other half will be split between health and existing tobacco control programs.
SUTTER: All of the $797,000 the county will receive this year will go to the capital projects reserve. The reserve is used to pay for capital improvements, such as a new human services building.
TEHAMA: The county, set to receive $614,000, will spend $125,000 on anti-tobacco programs. It will also direct funds to infrastructure improvements, including health facilities.
TRINITY: The county placed all of its $162,000 in the general fund.
TULARE: The county sold its revenue stream for a lump sum, getting $45 million upfront for capital improvements. County officials say specific plans for the money are still pending, but it will probably be a combination of maintenance and expanding county buildings to meet the demand for more space.
TUOLUMNE: The county will get $10.5 million over 25 years. This year, they will receive $700,000, all of which will go to the county general hospital.
VENTURA: Of the $8 million the county gets this year, $1.2 million will go to tobacco control and prevention programs. More than half of this year's payment -- 57 percent -- will go to hospitals and emergency medical services to increase access for uninsured and underinsured. The rest is allocated for other health programs, including elder care, dental and mental health services.
YOLO: The county expects to get $1.6 million this year. The money will go to an account for a new health department building. All of the $4 million the county has received so far has gone into this account.
YUBA: The county expects to receive about $675,000 this year.