Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Audioconference to Focus on Strategies for Financing Family Initiatives

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Audioconference to Focus on Strategies for Financing Family Initiatives

Article excerpt

"Financing initiatives for children and families presents an especially difficult challenge for municipal leaders today," said Cheryl Katz, vice president of Baldassare Associates, a public opinion research firm specializing in child and family issues.

"Needs have grown while revenues have been largely declining," added Katz, who provided major assistance in NLC's 2003 survey on strengthening families.

Municipal leaders agree.

In response to the 2003 survey, nine out of 10 local leaders said a lack of funding was creating a major barrier to providing programs and services for children and families. As cities continually face financial pressure, sustainable options for supporting children's and family's programming are always needed.

Audioconference to Provide Strategies

The opportunity, to hear creative, innovative financing strategies from across the country will be available June 16 during the next free, hour-long audioconference sponsored by NLC's Institute for Youth, Education and Families.

"Strategies for Financing Local Initiatives," will take place on Thursday, June 16, 2005 at 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).

This audioconference will offer municipal officials and staff a range of options, policies and ideas for funding children and family services, programs and initiatives as used in various communities.

Content of the Call

Speakers on this call will discuss lessons learned from their experiences and will provide listeners with models and techniques such as dedicated municipal taxes, sales taxes, use of real estate taxes, impact or developer fees, recreation fees including greens fees and allocation of existing revenues in creative ways.

These revenue sources can be used to build community centers or community pools, support direct services, provide drug or violence prevention programs and/or fund youth commissions and afterschool programs. …

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