Sources of Funding
In 2002, the voters of Pitkin County passed a 5-year property tax dedicated for the sole purpose of providing funding to health and human services and community non-profit programs through The Healthy Community Fund Grant Program.
In 2006, that dedicated property tax was again strongly supported by the voters, providing $1,250,000 in funding in 2007 for non-profits whose services fulfill the intent of the ballot question and help Pitkin County achieve its community goals.
The tax was again renewed and increased in November, 2011, for another 6 years. The tax is anticipated to bring in revenues this coming year of close to $1,900,000 dollars, and the fund will grow each year at the rate of inflation and local growth.
Non-Profit Programs Benefiting
The Healthy Community Fund provides a stable funding source for non-profit programs including:
- Protective and supportive services for children
- Helping at-risk youth connect to community programs and activities to help them succeed
- Helping victims of domestic violence and sexual assault
- Care for the terminally ill and their families
- Mental health and substance abuse counseling and preventive services
- Providing a variety of physical, social, and educational activities for seniors, including support for those who need 1-on-1 help to deal with the challenges of everyday life
- Preventive health services to lower-income citizens - such as immunizations, unintended pregnancy prevention and family planning services - to avoid higher costs later
- Working with developmentally disabled citizens and their families to enhance their ability to live independent lives
- Programs that protect the quality of our natural resources