The governing board of Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County on Thursday tentatively 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 proposed millage rate, a Palm Beach County owner of a single-family home 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.
Total ad valorem taxes to the Council would be $116,814,453. More than 89% of the Council’s total budget would go to support children’s programs and services.
Final vote on the Council’s 2017-2018 budget and millage rate begins at 5:01 p.m., Sept. 28, at Children’s Services Council, 2300 High Ridge Rd., Boynton Beach. For more information about the Council’s upcoming Truth in Millage public hearing, click here.
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 visit us at https://www.cscpbc.org or contact Shana Cooper, Public Information Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 561.374.7570.