A bill introduced by Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R- Santa Clarita, aimed at helping nonprofit groups made it through the Higher Education Committee on Tuesday, according to officials from Wilk's office.
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The California Community College Civic Center bill would allow nonprofit groups to rent K-12 and community college facilities at a direct cost.
This means the renters only need pay the direct costs resulting from their use of the facilities, such as supplies and operations costs.
AB 1906 will expand the definition of “direct costs” to include a proportional share of the cost of maintaining, repairing, or renovating facilities.
This bill allows California Community Colleges to recoup maintenance costs from community groups that use their campus facilities. The bill was passed out of committee unanimously.
To ensure a fair rate, the chancellor of California's Community Colleges will develop proportional-share regulations to be adopted by the Board of Governors and used by individual districts.
“Taxpayers expect their tax dollars to be spent in the classroom,” Wilk said. “This bill will ensure that community organizations are required to help to maintain the facilities they use.”
The 38th Assembly District encompasses Simi Valley, the northern section of the San Fernando Valley and most of the Santa Clarita Valley.
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Wilk Bill For Higher Education, Nonprofits Moves Out Of Committee
Article: Wilk Bill For Higher Education, Nonprofits Moves Out Of Committee 
Source: Santa Clarita News
Author: Perry Smith