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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
Ballot and voting information for Solano County.
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Children Services Advisory MeasureAdvisory Question

County
November 8, 2016California General Election

Solano County
Measure B Advisory Question - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

91,448 votes yes (59.35%)

62,641 votes no (40.65%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (265/265).

Shall the Board of Supervisors provide prevention oriented children's s services promoting and improving Solano County children's health, safety and educational success and require oversight and accountability by allocating 100% of the tax revenue collected from any transactions and use tax measure authorized in the incorporated and unincorporated areas of Solano County on the November 8, 2016 ballot?

Summary

This is not a tax measure.  It is Solano County voters’ intent to provide only prevention oriented children’s services which promote Solano children’s health, safety and educational success with any new funds raised by an increase in the transactions and use tax rate by the Solano County 2017 Transactions and Use Tax Ordinance.  Specifically, these services would include services to help homeless children succeed in school; to prevent child abuse; to improve access to high quality preschool and afterschool programs; to improve access to prevention oriented health services; and to support youth employment. This measure would require that all revenues generated would remain in Solano County, that services be made available in all cities and regions of Solano, that the revenues would not be used to supplant existing funding for the support of children’s services and programs, and that a citizens’ oversight committee be established to recommend approval of all projects before funds are spent.

 

100% of the revenues would be allocated for the following purposes:

· Prevention oriented children’s services promoting Solano children’s health, safety and educational success (95% of the funds).

· Oversight and Accountability (5% of the funds).

— Solano County Registrar of Voters

Arguments FOR


Argument in Favor of Measure B

 Children in Solano County need your help. Parents, teachers, nurses, faith leaders, community volunteers all agree that something must be done. Resources for children and families are very limited and the heartbreaking results can be seen everywhere, in our schools, our hospitals, our churches.

Two measures on this ballot can change that. Measure A raises $16.8 million annually through a ¼ cent sales tax increase for ten years. Measure B dedicates 100% of these funds to meet the developmental and safety needs of all of the Children of Solano regardless of family income, race, gender, or disability.

  These measures were placed on the ballot by a unanimous vote of the Board of Supervisors at the request of a grassroots group of parents and professionals who want to improve the lives of Solano’s children. We did the research, gathered the data and surveyed the public. The same critically needed services were at the top of everyone’s list. Measure B will make sure that these funds are dedicated to:

· Homeless Children-Make sure homeless children can stay in school

· Prevention of Child Abuse-Keep children safe by preventing the circumstances that lead to abuse.

· Quality Preschool and Afterschool Programs-Assure access to high quality early learning programs that lead to success in school.

· Preventative Child Health Care-Reach families early to prevent child health problems.

· Jobs for Youth-Expand youth job opportunities to successful career pathways.

If we invest in children, we will save lives and save money and provide what children need to be self-reliant adults. These investments provide a hand up, not a hand out. Our children need and deserve to be safe and to succeed in school and in life.

Please join us and Vote “Yes” on Measure B and also vote “Yes” on Measure A! Our children deserve it!

Erin Hannigan, Chairwoman of the Solano County Board of Supervisors

Erik Upson, Chief of Police, City of Benicia

John Anderson, Board Chair of the Solano Children’s Network

Lenesha Anderson, Parent Advocate

Christie Speck, Board President of Solano Family & Children’s Services

Arguments AGAINST

Americans by nature are a generous optimistic people willing to help others in need.

And that is particularly true in Solano County. Take a look at all the free and low cost services we currently provide to children in this county with millions and millions of our tax dollars.

  • Free education and nutrition for K-12th grade
  • Public libraries 
  • Free parks and recreational facilities
  • Affordable health care and mental health care under the Affordable Care Act and MediCal
  • California CalWORKs providing cash aid and services to eligible needy California families.
  • Food and Nutrition Services through the Women and Infant and Children's program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and foodbanks
  • Foster Youth Success Intitiative at SCC
  • Court Appointed Special Advocates program
  • Californai Children Services for special needs children
  • Child welfare services, Foster Care, Children Protective Services
  • Special programs for children 0-5 through First Five including day care
  • Summer employment for youth through the Workforce Investment Act
  • In addition, service organizations, non-profit organizations, hospitals, and church organizations provide free or low-cost after-school and other programs specifically for children. Take a look at the Leaven prorogram , the Fun on the Run progrm, the Kroc Center,the Boys and Girls Clubs, the Girl and Boy Scouts, City athletic leagues, the Police Athletic Center, Tools of Learning for Children, and the list goes on and on.

No one likes to say no to children.

But then no one likes to say no to seniors, veterans, the blind and disabled, the homeless or law enforcement.

A strong case can be made for each of these special interest groups to come before the voters for another 1/8, 1/4, 1/2 or 1 cent sales taxes. If Mesure B passes, this is only the beginning.

The Board cannot withstand the political pressure brough by special interest groups.

Can you?

Argument Against Measure B, Central Solano Citizen/Taxpayer Group

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