Our April 16, 2018, a political committee titled “Our Kids First” was opened with the Leon County Supervisor of Elections.
The committee was opened by local attorney Jon Moyle who was one of several citizens who spoke before the Leon County Commission in March in favor of the creation of a Children’s Services Council.
A political committee can accept contributions for the purpose of expressly advocating the election or defeat of a candidate or issue and make expenditures that advocate the election or defeat of a candidate or issue.
An image of the first page of the filing is shown below. The full document can be viewed here.
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.
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.
“There’s so many children’s issues in Leon County that need our attention and need to be properly funded. We heard from a lot of the experts tonight urging us to pass this measure and to keep moving forward,” said Commissioner John Dailey, who is leading the effort.