The chamber was requesting $75,000 with $30,000 going toward Diamond Circle-level chamber membership, $30,000 for the city to be co-executive producer of the Mariachi Festival and $15,000 for a contract between the chamber and the city for public relations.
Councilman John Moreno spoke in favor of putting Measure H funds to the chamber this one time since it promotes business and sales, therefore directly affecting Measure H funds.
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Measure H, an ordinance passed in summer 2010, is a collection of a half-cent on every sales tax dollar over 20 years in the general fund under a special allocation marked Measure H taxes.
It was primarily sold to the community as a source of funds for police, fire and parks but in fact can be used for other areas.
The Measure H Committee provides recommendations to the City Council on how the funds will be used, and the City Council ultimately makes the decision.
The Imperial Valley Economic Development Commission requested $5,000 to market the city of Calexico but funds were not approved after a short discussion.