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Children’s Services Council reviews staff recommendations for 2016/17 budget

CSCBroward_Logo-copyChildren’s Services Council reviews staff recommendations for 2016/17 budget

Set to vote on final version at upcoming meeting

     LAUDERHILL, FL — At their May budget retreat, the Children’s Services Council of Broward County (CSC) members reviewed staff recommendations for the upcoming fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1, 2016.

The CSC funds and supports over 100 programs that serve children and families in an effort to empower Broward’s children to become responsible and productive adults. For its May meeting, the staff of the CSC made funding recommendations to the council based on alignment with the council’s core mission, past program performance, funding utilization, community input and a variety of other factors. The staff recommendations totaled approximately $80 million.

Preliminary reports from the Broward Property Appraiser’s Office estimate that the values of properties increased across the county roughly 7 percent. Staff proposed this additional revenue be utilized to fund more providers for abuse and neglect prevention, increase services for families in relative care, add staff at juvenile di-version programs, provide subsidized child care for vulnerable populations, and a variety of other services to enhance the lives of Broward’s children.

“I commend the council’s continued commitment to the children of Broward County,” said CEO/President Cindy Arenberg Seltzer after the meeting. “Their passion and hard work was quite evident in their questions and suggestions to help address existing and new areas of concern in our community.” At the upcoming June 16 meeting, Council members will vote on final approval

of the FY 2016/17 budget.

The CSC is an independent taxing authority that was established by a public referendum on Sept. 5, 2000, and reauthorized on Nov. 4, 2014, which, through Public Act, Chapter 2000-461 of the laws of Florida, authorized the CSC to levy up to 0.5 mills of property taxes. The role of the CDC is to provide the leadership, advocacy and resources necessary to enhance children’s lives and empower them to become responsible, productive adults through collaborative planning and funding of a continuum of quality care.

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