What is the history of the Healthy Community Fund?
- Pitkin County has funded vital health, human services and community nonprofits since the 1960’s through the general fund.
- The Healthy Community Fund tax was developed by Board of County Commissioners after an economic downturn in 2001 meant Pitkin County was no longer able to continue funding non-profits without additional revenue.
- The Pitkin County electorate passed the Healthy Community Fund tax in 2002 by 71%, generating $800,000; approved the renewal of the tax in 2006 with 70% of the vote, generating $1,250,000; and, most recently in 2011, approved the renewal by 61% of voters, generating $1,952,000.
How much will the Healthy Community Fund generate in 2019?
- The Healthy Community Fund Ballot Question 1A asks to increase the fund by $750,000 to generate $3,079,189.
- The mill levy will be approximately .993, which reflects $7.15 per $100,000 residential actual value and $28.79/$100,000 of commercial value (4 times the residential value). The fund will increase by growth and inflation each year.
Why the increase?
- The $750,000 revenue increase is a direct result of growing state and local mandates to support access to affordable mental health, substance abuse services and integrated health care, public health prevention services, and senior programming, and is an overall 32% increase from the current tax.
- The Board of County Commissioners is requesting a nine year term for the fund tax starting in 2019.
How does the Healthy Community Fund money support our community?
- The Healthy Community Fund provides a stable source of funding to 70 local non-profit organizations that work to promote the social, emotional, physical and economic well-being of our citizens and workers.
- These organizations enrich the quality of life in Pitkin County as most of us know family, friends and coworkers who utilize the services supporting birth, children and families, adults and healthy aging and environmental preservation.
- Non-profit organizations use Healthy Community Fund dollars to leverage other federal, state and local funding. Without the Fund support, many agencies would need to significantly reduce the type and scope of services they offer.
How do we know Pitkin County is investing these revenues well?
- The Citizen Grant Review Committee, a citizen oversight group appointed by the Board of County Commissioners reviews all the grants annually annd makes recommendations for funding to commissioners.
- County staff make site visits to recipient organizations, conduct annual reports and outcome measurement review, work with organizations to identify and fill gaps in services and maintain a high standard of accountability and transparency for the fund.