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Editorial says levy is vital to Children Services.
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Each year, Franklin County Children Services (FCCS) helps more than 30,000 abused, neglected and dependent children. The agency protects children who can't protect themselves, keeping children safe and, if possible, keeping them with their families.
Up to three-fourths of the agency's operations are funded by two property tax levies, a 3.1 mill levy and a 1.9 mill levy. One of the two, a 1.9 mill levy approved by county voters in 2004, expires at the end of 2014. Without a renewal of this levy, which generated more than 25 percent of the FCCS budget in 2013, Children Services will not be able to provide vitally needed services to abused and neglected children and their families.
Therefore, Children Services' Board has asked the Franklin County Commissioners to place a 10-year, 1.9 mill renewal levy on the November 4, 2014 General Election ballot. The renewal of this levy will ensure that Children Services has the resources needed to protect abused and neglected children and strengthen families, without increasing property owners' taxes.
All children deserve a forever family where they can feel safe, loved and cared for. This is why Children Services’ 2014 property tax levy is so important – and why all of us must join in protecting children and strengthening families.