On Tuesday, the Leon County Commission voted unanimously to move forward with a public hearing in June on a proposal to create a children’s services council.
It appears elected officials are prepared to put a proposal on the ballot in November. The proposal would create an independent taxing authority which would have the authority to levy up to half a mill in property taxes, generating between $7.5 and $8 million a year in revenue.
The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce issued a press release on Tuesday March 27th asking the Commission to do a needs assessment before establishing an independent tax authority.
From the release:
“In keeping with the tradition of successful, measured, and impactful initiatives in Leon County, the Chamber Board believes that a study of need and an analysis of economic impacts of a potential Children’s Services Council is dutifully required at this time. Our community has shown a commitment to processes of this degree when successfully passing tax proposals…”
“A Children’s Services Council may be a potential solution to long-standing problems, but before a new independent government body should be established, our community deserves a deliberate evaluation of the issues, opportunities, and objectives we should be pursuing.”
County Commissioner John Dailey had pushed for a public hearing in April, however a number of officials wanted a delay and proposed a June hearing so that county staff could gather more information. The Commission will address the issue again at their May 22nd meeting.