Children’s Services Council proposes reduced tax rate

Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County
September 7, 2018

The governing board of Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County on Friday tentatively approved its 2018-2019 millage rate of .6403 – a 2.8% drop from last year’s rate of .6590. If approved, the new rate will help the Council sustain current programming while allowing the Council to:

  • Expand access to mental/behavioral health services
  • Refine the early childhood system of care to focus on reducing racial/ethnic disparities
  • Continue to invest in concrete supports such as: food/hunger relief; transportation; two-generation efforts; resources to help families access public benefits; and income support in the area of scholarships for child care, afterschool and summer camps
  • Expand investments in STEM opportunities for youth

“This year, some very important issues emerged in our community,” says Lisa Williams-Taylor, CEO. “In that regard, we want to be sure we’re part of the solution when it comes to helping children and their families access what they need to support themselves on a day-to-day basis, as well as access mental health and other services if the need arises.

Our goal is to ensure that every child in Palm Beach County has the chance to 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 $128.06 in ad valorem taxes to the Council in 2018-2019. 

Total ad valorem taxes to the Council would be $120,540,063. Nearly 89.64% of the Council’s overall budget would go to support children’s programs and services.

Final vote on the Council’s 2018-2019 budget and millage rate begins at 5:01 p.m., Sept. 27, at Children’s Services Council, 2300 High Ridge Rd., Boynton Beach.

Click here for more information about the Council’s upcoming Truth in Millage public hearing.

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. In 2017-2018, the 57 programs funded by the council provided direct services to thousands of Palm Beach County children and families.

For more information about Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, please visit us at or contact Shana Cooper, Public Information Officer, at or 561.374.7570.



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