To help ensure that they meet the grant requirements established in the Government Code, counties should more rigorously review applications that are to be administered and spent by an entity other than the local government that applies for the funds. Specifically, benefit committees should require that each grant application clearly show how the grant will mitigate the impact of the casino on the applicant agency.
Beginning in FY 2003/04 (the first year of the gaming mitigation grant program), the CBC has not recognized subcontractors, as stated on page 4 of the agreement template between the CBC and awarded local jurisdictions. Following the State Auditor's finding and recommendation in the February 2011 report, the CBC's application procedures were updated to include language stating that project services were not to be subcontracted without the express written approval of the CBC.
The county changed its contracting to forbid subcontracting of project services without written approval from the local benefit commission. Furthermore, the county requires applications to demonstrate the specific impact of the casino which will be mitigated by the grant.
Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.