Right now in Allegheny County, one in six kids (that’s 42,000 of our children) is hungry, 7,000 three- and four-year-olds wait for early learning spots and 70% of kids would enroll in an after-school program if one was available.
Early learning, after school and nutritious meals are proven to benefit our kids — and the economic vitality of our community.
Right now, there’s very little funding for these three critical areas; yet we know they yield a strong return on investment. A small tax increase (.25 mills or $2.50 a month for the average homeowner) would generate $18 million annually for our kids.
You’ll find this question on your ballot on Nov. 6:
“Shall the Allegheny County Home Rule Charter be amended to establish the Allegheny County Children’s Fund, funded by Allegheny County levying and collecting an additional 0.25 mills, the equivalent of $25 on each $100,000 of assessed value, on all taxable real estate, beginning January 1, 2019 and thereafter, to be used to improve the wellbeing of children through the provision of services throughout the County including early childhood learning, after school programs, and nutritious meals?”
Here’s how it would work, if enacted.