St. Louis County Putting Kids First: Please Vote Yes

by Marianne Richmond on October 11, 2008

With the presidential election just a few weeks away and the candidates continuing to make their cases that the other guy is bad (or worse) versus telling us why we should feel good about voting for them, it is good to know that there is something on the ballot in St. Louis County that one can feel good about voting for: Proposition 1.

Proposition 1 calls for a 1/4 cent sales tax to be used for providing necessary mental health services and substance abuse prevention to children in St. Louis County, Mo. It is on the ballot this November due to  a bi-partisan collaborative campaign initiated by non-profits serving children and families in St. Louis County.

An assessment done in Spring 2007 ( 2007-st-louis-county-needs-assessment-1) revealed the extent of the unmet needs resulting from the decline in services resulting from continuing budget cuts for mental health and prevention services such as:

  • More than 12,000 St. Louis County children and youth in need of services were going without help!
  • Over 151,000 children and youth were not receiving beneficial school-based prevention programs.
  • Nearly half a million lives are negatively impacted by the unmet mental health and substance abuse needs in the St Louis County area.

It will appear on the ballot as: “St. Louis County shall, solely for the purpose of establishing a community children’s services fund for the purpose of providing services to protect the well-being and safety of children and youth nineteen years of age or less and to strengthen families, be authorized to levy a sales tax of one-quarter of a cent in the County of St. Louis.”

When you see it on your ballot, St. Louis County, vote YES!

Thanks to Kathleen Buescher, President and CEO of Provident, Inc for making me aware of this.

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