Local option sales tax applications available

The city of Fairfield has begun accepting applications for community betterment projects funded by the local option sales tax.

The guidelines and the required form can be picked up at Fairfield City Hall. Applications must be submitted by Jan. 11.

Program guidelines:

• Previous recipients of LOST funds are required to report and account for their use of funds in writing to the city of Fairfield.

• Only applicants that qualify as a 501c3 will be eligible.

• Application requests must be to better the Fairfield community.

• No requests for political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns will be considered.

• No requests from religious organizations, unless the particular program will benefit a large portion of the community without regard to religious affiliation and does not duplicate the work of other agencies in the community.

• All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their request by April 30, 2019.

• Approved requests will be distributed after a submitted written request of funds after July 1, 2019.

• Any organization receiving community betterment funds which misapplies or fails to use such funds for their represented purpose will be required to reimburse the city of Fairfield for all funds received.

For the last few years, the city has been able to award about $110,000 in local option sales tax funds to community betterment projects.

The money is made possible by a 1 percent sales tax in the city of Fairfield.