Children’s Services Council Reauthorization
The Children’s Services Council of Broward County, Inc. (CSC), is an independent special district established by Broward County voters in 2000. Now, a 2010 state law requires every CSC to go before voters for reauthorization. Since 2000, Broward’s property taxpayers have supported the CSC’s services provided to our children in our communities.
To ensure these programs continue to be available for Broward’s children, I would ask you to favorably consider the Reauthorization Referendum that will be on your November 4, 2014 Ballot. It will be a “yes” or “no” vote.
The CSC provides numerous resources necessary to enhance our children’s lives through a wide variety of programs. Each program is designed to help every child lead a healthy, safe, and productive life.
Your support of the Reauthorization Referendum on the November Ballot will insure the many benefits provided countywide by the CSC to Broward’ s children since voter approval in 2000 will continue. This includes:
Early learning skills for reading and literacy, so children are prepared for kindergarten;
Elementary school children with access to after-school and summer programs that help them succeed in school;
Programs designed for children with special developmental or physical challenges, to help them achieve independence.
Support services for children who are having mental health, or behavior problems;
Diversion programs for young people who commit minor offenses, in order to keep our streets safe and keep them out of the juvenile justice system;
And, school partnerships to address underachievement among black, Hispanic and/or other minority pupils.
Keep in mind supporting the Reauthorization Referendum on your November 4, 2014 Ballot WILL NOT create a new tax. These funds are already authorized and currently being collected on your property tax bill. For the average homeowner with a $127,000 taxable home value, that is currently about $62 a year, or $5.17 a month, or 17 cents a day for OUR CHILDREN and OUR FUTURE.
Also by state law, the CSC millage is capped at no more than one half (1/2) of one (1) mill (0.0005). Again, supporting the Reauthorization Referendum on the November 4th Ballot DOES NOT remove that cap. From over a decade of personal participation in the CSC’s governance, I can assure you transparent accountability and competent oversight of the tax dollars collected have been occurring and will continue. This is because CSC has fully functional spending, operational, and programming safeguards already in place. One of the many ways CSC protects your tax dollars is by only funding programs that meet clearly defined goals and outcomes and are continually monitored for quality and performance of the programs.
I hope you will now join with me and favorably consider the CSC Reauthorization Referendum question on your November 4th Ballot. In my opinion, we cannot afford not to reauthorize our CSC.
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