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Purcellville, Va., Code § 6-8(b)(1) (current through Aug. 5, 2016)
Brief Summary
Allows the town council to donate some of its annual funds to certain efforts; events that promote "food assistance" are one of the approved categories for donation.
Legal Strategies
Expressly allows something.
Creates a fund, enables access to a funding stream.
Reach
Limited scope. It has a voluntary component.
Food System Category: Distribute
State: Virginia
Jurisdiction Type: Township
Jurisdiction Name: Purcellville
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
Yes. "Food assistance" (§ 6-8(b)(1)).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Yes. Ensure the health and safety of event patrons. § 6-1; "food assistance," (§ 6-8(b)(1)).
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
Yes. "substantial economic benefits" §6-1.
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. Recognizing that events enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors alike, and provide substantial economic benefits related to additional tourism, the town seeks to encourage events. § 6-1.
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. It is the purpose of this chapter to (a) establish a structured process for evaluating the impact of events on the public, (b) coordinate town services provided to events, (c) assess and collect fees to offset the cost to the town of events, (d) ensure the health and safety of event patrons, and (e) protect the rights and interests granted the holder of an event permit. It is further the purpose of this chapter to create a class of itinerant merchants—Itinerant merchants who sell only at events that are subject to a valid events permit—Who will not be required to pay the town's business, professional, and occupational license tax, and to exempt all vendors at events that are subject to a valid events permit from collecting and remitting the town's meals tax. § 6-1.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. § 6-2.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. The town council may, in its sole discretion each year, elect to designate in its annual budget certain services and funds for donation to events. Applications for such services and funds must be submitted to the town no later than December 31st each calendar year, to be considered for inclusion in the budget adopted by town council the following calendar year. The town's event specialist will review all applications and will make a recommendation as to each application to the town council. . .The town council must determine that the proposed event will do at least one of the following: ... or (c) raise money or collect goods for a social service that benefits the residents of Purcellville, such as ... food assistance. (§ 6-8(b), (b)(1)).
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
Unclear. This is a permissive law, so penalties are likely not applicable, but, in general, conducting an event without an event permit is subject to a civil penalty of up to $1,000.00 per violation. Other violations of these regulations may be subject to a civil penalty of up to $500.00 per violation. § 6-12.
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
No.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
Yes. Creating a fund.
Code context and ordinance history
Part II (Code), Chapter 6 (Events), Section 6-8 (Town Events; Town Donation to Events). History: Ord. No. 15-09-01, 10-27-2015.