A special message from Bobbie Watson, Executive Director, The Early Childhood Council of Boulder County:
The County Commissioners have put a ballot measure on this fall called Worthy Cause IV, an extension of a 0.05% countywide sales and use tax which was first passed by Boulder County voters in 2000. These funds are used to provide non-profit safety net providers with funds for ‘bricks and mortar’-that is to either buy new buildings and/or expand/renovate existing buildings. I know that many of you are aware of programs who have benefited from these funds including:
The OUR Center
The Boulder Valley Women’s Health Center
The Homeless Shelter
The Wild Plum Center in Longmont
The Boulder Safehouse
EFAA, and many others.
There con tinues to be increasing demands on all of our safety net providers. You may recall the Neighbors Helping Neighbors campaign in 2014 which passed with broad approval. Those funds go to support safety net program costs like salaries, program materials, etc. But our non-profit partners also need have up-to-date facilities in which to provide their programs.
That is why I am urging you to support Worthy Cause IV. The Early Childhood Council of Boulder County Board has endorsed this ballot measure. This extension would go until Dec 31, 2033, and revenues would be used in the following manner:
Affordable Housing: $2 million for permanently affordable housing throughout Boulder County.
2016 Longmont Housing Affordability Study (pdf)
Trends Report Highlights Boulder County Housing Crunch, Longmont Times Call
Senior and Aging Services: $600,000 for senior and aging services for agencies including but not limited to Meals on Wheels
Health and Mental Health Care: $900,000 for new and expanded health and mental health services throughout Boulder County
Breakdown: Mental Health in Colorado, The Denver Post
I urge you to continue to support your neighbors in Boulder County. Please vote YES on ballot measure 1A.