Council Update: Children’s Services Council reduces tax rate

Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County
September 28, 2018

The governing board of Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County on Thursday approved its 2018-2019 millage rate of .6403 – a 2.8% drop from last year’s rate of .6590.

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

Under the new 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 in ad valorem taxes to the Council in 2018-2019.

Total ad valorem taxes to the Council will be $120,540,063. Nearly 90% of the Council’s overall budget will go to support children’s programs and services. For a list of funded programs, please click here.

In other business

Domestic Violence Awareness Month: The Council proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, recognizing that exposure to domestic violence in the home is considered child abuse. In 2017, Palm Beach County reported 4,792 domestic violence crimes, including five homicides and one manslaughter. The council supports the work of the Domestic Violence Council of Palm Beach County, which aims to reduce the impact of violence on families by coordinating a dedicated, community based response through advocacy, prevention and education.

Environmental Opioid and Marijuana Prevention Initiative: The Council approved funding to The Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition to employ the latest strategies in opioid and marijuana use prevention – and address the epidemic in our community. Funding for this initiative will be $50,000 for five years, or $250,000 for fiscal years 2018-2023.

Early Childhood Mental Health: The Council approved funding mental health consultation services, including a therapist, to child care providers to help them address children’s social-emotional and behavioral challenges. This service, provided by Center for Child Counseling, will be available to child care sites in the Riviera Beach Pre-K Collaborative Pilot Project. The pilot project was formed in 2016 to create a system where every 3- and 4-year-old in Riviera Beach receives a high-quality preschool education. Funding for this initiative will be $72,000.

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.

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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