Established in 1985, the Neighborhood Improvement Program (NIP) directs tourist-generated dollars directly back into the City's residential neighborhoods. Under a Charter Amendment, at least 16 percent of the money collected through hotel taxes (Transient Occupancy Tax) must be spent on neighborhood and community improvements. Each fiscal year, a committee consisting of Monterey residents considers all submitted projects and recommends which projects should be funded. Several community wide meetings are held and projects are finally voted on by the NIP committee.
The program begins each year in the fall. NIP Project Nomination Forms are made available for residents to propose neighborhood or citywide improvements. The nomination forms are available by following the link below (during the yearly nomination period) or are available by calling the Engineering office at 831.646.3921. The completed forms can be either emailed or mailed back to the Engineering office. All the qualified proposals are reviewed, sorted, and cost estimated.