Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Creative Financing Becomes Critical Link in Local Initiatives

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Creative Financing Becomes Critical Link in Local Initiatives

Article excerpt

Survey respondents provided some interesting and innovative examples of ways to raise funds to finance children and family initiatives.

Kent Wash. (38,000)

In 1989, the city council adopted Resolution No. 1205 which mandates that 1 percent of, the city's annual General Fund be designated as a Human Services Fund through which dollars are distributed to non-profits who serve families and children. CONTACT: Rachel Johnston, Human Services Planer, 220 4th Avenue, S.E., Kent, WA 98032; 206/850-4789.

Pinellas Park, Fla. (43,000)

One cent sales tax is source of funding for new 15,000 square foot Recreation Community Center. CONTACT: Joel Garren, Recreation Director, 6051 78th Avenue, N., Pinellas Park, FL 34665; 813/541-0770.

Ames, Iowa (47,000)

Local Option Tax supports subsidy to child care centers for low- and middle-income families. CONTACT: Larry Curtis, Mayor, 515 Clark Avenue, Ames, IA 50010; 515/239- 5106.

Santa Fe, N.M. (56,000)

Two children and youth resolutions established annual allocations of money for grants to programs -- a total of up to 3 percent of the city's share of the state gross receipts tax revenues. The Children & Youth Fund supports a commission and planner position in the Community Development Division. They fund grants (42 this year, totaling $804,000) set priorities, make funding recommendations, and coordinate programs and support innovative solutions to meet emerging needs. They work with the public schools, community non-profits, funders, and county programs. …

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