Taxing District Referendum To Be Set for Children’s Services Council

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Taxing District Referendum To Be Set for Children’s Services Council

The Palm Beach Children’s Services Council is one of 8 special taxing districts in the state (Hillsborough, Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, St. Lucie, Okeechobee, Pinellas are the others ). The Palm Beach taxing district, which levies a tax directly on Palm Beach County real estate (2012 mil rate was .7459), was authorized by Florida Statute in 1986 and created by local referendum on November 4, 1986.

From the 2012 Annual report: ‘The purpose of the Council is to plan, develop, fund and evaluate programs and promote public policies which benefit Palm Beach County’s children and families”

Legislation passed in 2010 required that the Children’s Services Council go before the voters for reauthorization in 2016. Martin County and St. Lucie County go before the voters in those areas this coming November.

The CSC in early December of 2013 petitioned the Palm Beach County Commission to go on the ballot for reauthorization in 2014 … two years earlier than required by state law. The county commissioners have not said yet when they will take the matter up … but it is expected soon.

Palm Beach County Voters and Taxpayers may have a significant opportunity this fall to either reauthorize the existence of this 28 year old taxing district, or failing to do so, conserve and/or redirect public expenditures in a different direction.

Over the next few weeks we will publish facts, gleaned from public records and from the public statements of the CSC itself and its grantees regarding what the taxing district does, how it is managed and specifically where the tax funds are spent.

For the current year, $80.2 million of an approximately $100 million budget is allocated through 66 grants to 38 organizations. Below, in order of percent of total allocation, are the recipients.

Agency % total Web Site
Early Learning Coalition of PBC 36.56% http://www.elcpalmbeach.org/
Florida Dept of Health/Palm Beach County Health Department 9.42% http://pbchd.com/
CP-CTO-Housing Partnership 5.68% http://www.cp-cto.org/housing-partnership
Prime Time 5.64% http://www.primetimepbc.org/
Palm Beach State College 4.94% http://www.palmbeachstate.edu/
Family Central 4.26% http://www.familycentral.org/
Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County 3.53% http://pbcliteracy.org/
Children’s Place at Home Safe 3.48% http://www.helphomesafe.org/
Children’s Home Society of Florida 3.13% http://www.chsfl.org/Home
Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County 3.02% http://www.legalaidpbc.org/
The Arc of Palm Beach County 2.95% http://www.arcpbc.org/
Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies Coalition 2.61% http://www.hmhbpbc.org/
United Way 2.55% http://www.unitedwaypbc.org/
NonProfits First 2.25% http://www.nonprofitsfirst.org/
Easter Seals 1.97% http://www.easterseals.com/
School District of Palm Beach County 1.95% http://palmbeachschools.org/
Families First of Palm Beach County 1.58% http://www.familiesfirstpbc.org/
Friends of Community Services Inc. 1.27% http://www.friendspbc.org/index.php
Sickle Cell Foundation of Palm Beach County 0.72% http://www.sicklecellpalmbeach.org/
Father Flanagan’s BoysTown of Florida 0.71% http://www.boystown.org/
Palm Beach Board of County Commissioners 0.63% http://www.pbcgov.com/countycommissioners/
Children’s Forum 0.55% http://www.fcforum.org/
Children’s Services Council 0.50% http://www.cscpbc.org/
Urban League of Palm Beach County 0.37% http://ulpbc.org/
Center for Family Services 0.30% http://www.ctrfam.org/
Esereh Youth and Family Center Inc. 0.29% http://esereh.org/
Lutheran Services of Florida 0.28% http://lsfnet.org/Pages/LSF_Master.aspx
Palm Beach County Food Bank 0.28% http://www.pbcfoodbank.org/
Nutritious Lifestyles Inc. 0.27% http://www.nutritiouslifestylesonline.com/index.php
Jerome Golden Center/Oakwood Center of Palm Beaches 0.25% http://jeromegoldencenter.org/
Tomas Boiton 0.23% http://citizens4transit.org/
Health Council of Southeast Florida Inc. 0.21% http://www.hcsef.org/navigate-pbc
Resource Depot 0.12% Organization Not Found
Florida Rural Legal Services Inc. 0.10% http://frls.org/
Florida Department of Children and Families 0.09% http://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/
Palm Beach County Education Commission 0.06% http://pbceducation.com/
Redlands Christian Migrant Association 0.04% http://rcma.org/

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