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Policy 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.

Background Information

State Virginia
Jurisdiction Name Purcellville
Jurisdiction Type Town/Township,
Population Size 5,000-50,000
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;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
Yes

"Food assistance" (§ 6-8(b)(1)).

Health-related goal?
Yes

Ensure the health and safety of event patrons. § 6-1; "food assistance," (§ 6-8(b)(1)).

Environmental goal?
No

Economic goal?
Yes

"substantial economic benefits" §6-1.

Includes findings?
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.

Has a stated intent or purpose?
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

Includes definitions?
Yes

§ 6-2.

Addresses implementation?
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)).

Enforcement provisions?
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.

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra 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.