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Roseville Cash For Grass Program Funding Dries Up Six Months Early

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ROSEVILLE (CBS13) — Roseville is expected to announce its Cash For Grass program is out of cash after high demand in this year’s drought.

The program was originally started in 2008, and for the first time in its history, the program is out of funding, because so many people are trying to convert their water-wasting lawns.

Roseville’s water department has been swamped with calls from people wanting to cash in on the program.

Sharon Schlensinger converted her lawn from a water gulper to a water sipper.

“We have two different varieties of coral blooms,” she said. “They bloom a couple of times a year.”

But with the drought making headlines and water cutbacks a real possibility, residents sucked it dry and the program won’t be offered anymore.

“If there is more money coming, then we will definitely put it to the program,” said spokeswoman Lisa Brown. “If not, we’re going to have to take a waiting list.”

Cash for Grass had $80,000 to spend each year giving homes up to $1,000 in rebates. From July to December, more than 100 Roseville homes got rebates.

The city pumped an additional $20,000 into the program, but even with that extra help, money for the program dried up six months early.

“We really encourage on their own. We wanted to provide 100 percent funding for everyone in our community that wanted to use it. Unfortunately we just don’t have those resources,” said Brown.

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