Gov plans to restructure funds to improve performance
California Gov. Gray Davis has agreed to keep supporting the state’s anti-runaway production incentive program for another year with $10 million in funding.Davis included the Film California First funds Thursday in announcing the state’s 2002-03 budget, which totaled $100 billion and proposed cuts of $2.7 billion. He plans to propose a restructuring to improve the program’s performance as an economic stimulus, including:
- Increase overall reimbursement caps for all public properties from $500 to $1,500. Increased rebates will be given this way: film permit fee, from $500 to $1,000; public location fees, from $500 to $1,500; and public equipment, from $250 to $500.
- Allow reimbursements for multiple film shoots by the same production company on the same day and expand single day/per public agency reimbursement.
- Reimburse fire department spot-check and public notification fees for filming on public property.