Community Fund needs your support
October 13, 2011
This fall Pitkin County voters will be asked to renew the Healthy Community Fund, a dedicated property tax that makes grants to local nonprofits. I urge everyone to vote yes on this question, which is 1A on the ballot.
The Healthy Community Fund supports children’s programs, senior services, legal aid for low-income individuals, assistance for disabled people and environmental protection. These programs uphold our values as a community and are essential to our quality of life.
The Healthy Community Fund is not big government. In fact, it’s just the opposite. Through it, Pitkin County contracts for specialized services with agencies that are able to achieve results far more efficiently than government can. The fund’s cost is only about one-twelfth the size of the county’s operations budget, yet it fulfills many of the most important functions of government.
A citizen grant review committee ensures that funding goes to a range of programs that best accomplish the community’s goals. As a grant recipient, I can attest that the grant review process is rigorous and is focused on the most efficient delivery of outcomes.
Times are hard, yes, but that’s all the more reason to support this ballot measure to ensure that our social infrastructure remains strong.
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