Leon County Commission Approves $1.5 Million for Social Services, Special Events in 2020

Leon County Commission Approves $1.5 Million for Social Services, Special Events in 2020

At the Tuesday Leon County Commission, officials voted to approve a $1.3 million funding level for the Community Human Service Partnership (CHSP) for fiscal year 2020.

In addition, the County Commission voted to approve a five-year annual commitment of $100,000 to the Kearney Center/Homeless Shelter, $87,500 for county commissioner district budgets and $27,000 for special events.

Community Human Service Partnership

The Community Human Service Partnership is a collaboration between Leon County and the City of Tallahassee.  It was established to effectively distribute community funds for human services. 

It was noted that in 2018 was the final year in which the United Way participated as a partner in the CHSP process. After the United Way left the CHSP partnership, at the end of the FY 2019 two-year grant cycle allocation process, some agencies received significant reductions in recommended funding due to the amount of funding available in certain service categories.

To avoid interruption in services from affected agencies, the County increased funding for the Community Human Service Partnerships program by $100,000 at the September 24, 2018 meeting ($1,200,000 to $1,300,000) for the two-year period FY 2019 – FY 2020.

Kearney Center/Homeless Shelter

During the FY 2015 budget process, Leon County entered a $500,000 funding commitment towards the capital construction of the Kearney Center to be paid in $100,000 increments over five years. Leon County made the final payment for this arrangement this fiscal year.

However, the Kearney Center has requested a continuation of the funding to assist with paying down the debt service on the capital construction of the facility for an additional 5-year period in the amount of $100,000 annually.

After a lengthy discussion about the Kearney Center, the County Commission voted unanimously for the funding request contingent on the City of Tallahassee providing the same level of funding.

Special Events

Listed below is the distribution of special event funds of $27,000 for 2019 and 2020.

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6 Responses to "Leon County Commission Approves $1.5 Million for Social Services, Special Events in 2020"

  1. Tango247   March 14, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    Article: “It was established to effectively distribute community funds….”
    Me: Well that’s certainly a relief, I thought they were distributing my money.
    Also Me: Hey wait a minute….

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  2. Snidely Whiplash   March 14, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    OK I’ll be the one to ask:
    $15,000 for county sponsored tables/community event funds…what the #ell is that?

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  3. david   March 14, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Why is Celebrating our Country $1,500 LESS than MLK?

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  4. Mark   March 15, 2019 at 6:34 am

    Has anyone asked for an audit of time on task during the day of Commissioners Principal Jimbo Jackson and Leon Schools employee Nick Maddox ? As a taxpayer, I would like to know if they do any work on issues related to anything other than Leon Schools during the time they are paid by tax dollars for the work in Leon Schools. If they do any work related to the County Commission during the day they are double dipping. But fear not, they were not on Rocky Hanna’s “hit list” so I can almost guarantee Rocky Hanna will do nothing. Given that everyone is in fear if Rocky reign of terror, nobody would dare report the issue against his friends. But hey Rocky used his work email to settle the lawsuit for not paying child support for 10 years and the school board refuses to hold him accountable.

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  5. alex   March 15, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Mark, add City Comm. Curtis Richardson to the list of employees of Leon County Schools. It is my understanding he works full time during the day at Lively Technical College.

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  6. Mark   March 16, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    That is correct Shelly Bell hired Curtis at a salary that is more than most teachers make with 30 years of experience. The Rocky Horror Show lives on in Leon Schools while the school board allows malfeasance. I wonder what “work” he does. Leon Schools home of double dippers and reign of terror from Hanna and his loyal acolytes/over paid and under-worked Assistant Superintendents.

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