Columbus Chamber Endorses Issue 4

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Franklin County Children Services Renewal Levy

Columbus, OH – The Board of Directors of the Columbus Chamber today passed a resolution supporting Issue 4, the Franklin County Children Services 1.9 Mil Renewal Levy, which will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot.

The levy is a renewal of an existing tax originally passed in 2004. Issue 4 will not increase taxes on property owners and the state’s 12.5 percent property tax rollback will remain in place with the approval of the renewal levy.

“The Columbus Chamber’s Public Policy Agenda guides us to support funding agencies that create a safe and vibrant community so that economic growth can continue to flourish,” said Michael Dalby, president and CEO, Columbus Chamber. “Franklin County Children Services has continued to make and fulfill promises to taxpayers by improving the quality of care and services, while also finding ways to become more efficient and reduce costs. It makes sense for the business community to continue to support the integral work of this agency.”

Franklin County Children Services helps more than 30,000 abused and neglected children each year by investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect, providing voluntary or court-ordered protective services to families whose children can remain safely in their own homes, helping parents resolve their family problems and placing children in temporary kinship care or foster care homes or in permanent adoptive homes when necessary.

Some facts about Franklin County Children Services that the Chamber took into consideration when making this endorsement:

  • In the last five years 255 Franklin County Children Services foster children have completed high school and gone on to college which is an imperative step to ensure that our Region is prepared with a workforce to fill its needs now and in the future.
  • During the past four years, the number of investigations of alleged child abuse and neglect has increased by 25 percent to a record high of 31,798 reports of abuse and neglect in 2013.
  • Since 2009, there has been a 65 percent increase in the number of children placed in kinship care- which provides support and services to relatives who make the heartfelt sacrifice and commitment to care for their family member’s child- instead of foster or group care.
  • Since 2009, 819 children and teens have been placed in “forever families.”

The Franklin County Children Services Levy Renewal endorsement was approved upon the recommendation of the Columbus Chamber’s Government Affairs Steering Committee, which identifies public policies that foster job creation and economic development and advises the Chamber staff and Board on how to best advocate for those policies. Learn more about the Chamber’s government relations services at http://columbus.org/solutions/government-relations.

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