Campaign to petition for new childhood education fund launches at Children’s Museum

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – Advocacy groups are pushing to get the Allegheny Children’s Fund on the general election ballot in November — and they need 40,000 signatures in the next 49 days to do it.

The proposed fund will go toward early childhood education, after-school programming and healthy meals for children in Allegheny County. It will require a quarter-mill property tax increase for homeowners: $25 each year for every $100,000 of the home’s assessed value, starting next January.

To get the referendum on the general election ballot, organizers have to collect 40,000 signatures from registered voters between June 19 and Aug. 7. They kicked off their quest for signatures Tuesday with an event at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in the North Side.

“We’re here to talk about our kids and our commitment, all summer,” said Patrick Dowd, executive director of Allies for Children and an organizer for the initiative. He then led the crowd in a cheer: “Our kids, our commitment.”

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