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Children’s Amendment means more cash for kids in San Francisco

February 3, 2014
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Original Author: Bay City News Service

District 11 San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos
Courtesy of San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Image Credit: District 11 San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos Courtesy of San Francisco Board of Supervisors

We have to make sure we're not losing young people through the cracks

John Avalos

District 11 San Francisco Supervisor

A San Francisco supervisor has called on the city to reauthorize its “Children’s Amendment” mandating that 3 percent of all property taxes go toward services for youth and their families.

District 11 Supervisor John Avalos on Jan. 27 asked the city attorney to draft a charter amendment reauthorizing the measure, which originally passed by San Francisco’s voters in 1991 and was reauthorized once already in 2000.

The current Children’s Amendment expires in June 2016. Avalos said he is seeking language in the new measure to emphasize equity and additional support for underserved communities in the city, noting that some of its poorest neighborhoods also have the highest number of children.

“We have to make sure we’re not losing young people through the cracks,” he said.

Among the programs funded by the Children’s Amendment are early childhood education, family support and violence prevention and intervention services, according to Avalos’ office.