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Taxpayer Group Wants Controversial S.D. County Program Suspended

— A local taxpayer advocacy group is taking aim at a controversial pool of money controlled by the San Diego County Supervisors.

Every year, the supervisors each get $2 million of tax-payer money to spend on arts organizations, non-profits and community programs. The Neighborhood Reinvestment Funds have been protected while the county has cut money from other departments. Lani Lutar is president of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association. She's asking that the program be suspended. Lutar wants the money to instead be spent on health services and other core county programs that have been cut.

"Our concern is that this program has strayed from its initial intent of funding bricks and mortar projects," Lutar says. "It is now funding programs that I would say are lesser priority relative to other core county services."

But county officials say the program supports local businesses and projects that benefit the community.

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