The governing board of Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County on Thursday approved its 2017-2018 millage rate of .6590 - a nearly 3.6% drop from last year’s rate of .6833.
Due to increased property values, the Council still will be able to sustain current services and increase support for quality afterschool programs, including in the area of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). It also will allow the Council to:
- Boost the number of professionals in early childhood development by providing tuition support to those looking to improve their skills.
- Increase support for families raising children with special needs.
- Improve children’s lives by continuing to back the county’s Youth Master Plan, called Birth to 22: United for Brighter Futures.
“This coming fiscal year, Children’s Services Council will contract with 37 agencies to deliver 56 programs,” says Lisa Williams-Taylor, CEO. “These programs help Palm Beach County families every day by providing vital information, support and services, as well as mental health, child care, afterschool, mentoring and so much more. This important work goes a long way in ensuring our children grow up healthy, safe and strong.”
Under the new millage rate, the owner of a single-family home in Palm Beach County with a taxable property value of $250,000 (with $50,000 in typical exemptions) will pay about $131.80 in ad valorem taxes to the Council in 2017-2018. That’s about $5 less than last year.
Total ad valorem taxes to the Council will be $116,814,453.
In other business:
Staff notified the Council that 26 local nonprofits are set to receive a total of $615,771 as part of the Great Ideas Initiative of Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County. The Great Ideas Initiative provides grants of up to $25,000 to nonprofits with proposals that would enhance the lives of Palm Beach County’s children. To qualify, a nonprofit must have an annual operating budget of $1 million dollars or less and been in business for at least two consecutive years.
The grants are available for four categories: essential services, supplies/equipment, community outreach/engagement and capacity building. To see a complete list of the organizations that received Great Ideas Initiative grants, click here.
The Council proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence continues to be a major social crisis and health care concern in Palm Beach County and our country. About 4,900 domestic violence crimes were reported last year just in Palm Beach County, including seven deaths.
Children’s Services Council supports the work of the Domestic Violence Council of Palm Beach County as it seeks to reduce domestic violence and educate families. The Domestic Violence Council will be sponsoring an event “Out of the Shadows: Serving High Risk Communities” on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 2 p.m. at the Clayton Hutcheson Agricultural Center, 531 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach.
Staff notified the Council that the Sickle Cell Foundation of Palm Beach County & Treasure Coast, Inc., which oversees the Community Voice program, has been placed on a performance improvement plan (Corrective Action Level III) for issues related to its contract. Community Voice is a grassroots program that utilizes community volunteers in targeted zip codes to help reduce the black infant mortality rate.
The Council approved the Florida Institute for Health Innovation to handle the Fetal Infant Mortality Review (FIMR) in Palm Beach County. The FIMR program examines individual cases of fetal and infant deaths in the county to understand how an array of social, economic, health, educational, environmental and safety issues may be involved. The cost of funding the program from Nov. 15 to Sept. 30, 2018, is $200,000.
About Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County
The Council is a local special-purpose government created by Palm Beach County voters in 1986 and reauthorized in 2014. For more than 30 years, it has provided leadership, funding, services and research on behalf of the county’s children so they grow up healthy, safe and strong.
To make the biggest impact, the Council focuses on prenatal health and early childhood development so more Palm Beach County children are born healthy, grow up safe from abuse and neglect, are ready to learn when they enter school, and have access to quality afterschool and summer programming.
The Council believes that by giving children the fundamental tools for success early, they are more likely to:
- Reach vital growth and developmental milestones
- Graduate from high school
- Become productive members of society
The Council accomplishes its goals by funding local nonprofit and community agencies to provide proven, high-quality services to the county’s children and families
For more information about Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, please contact Jon Burstein, Communications Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 561.703.2192.