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CARE Council recommends ‘no’ on 60, 61, 101

Debora Price on behalf of CARE Council, Frisco

The C.A.R.E. Council of Summit County, a Board of County Commissioners advisory council that serves to provide oversight for human services and health care organizations, recommends a “no” vote on Amendments 60, 61, and Proposition 101.

The passage of Amendment 60 will reduce local school funding by half, forcing teachers out of jobs, and increasing class sizes. Amendment 61 will prohibit state borrowing for building, and hospital, utilities and road maintenance; borrowing is limited to 10 years at cost-prohibitive rates. While Proposition 101 promises tax relief, it comes at the expense of road maintenance, statewide telecom access, and investments in health care and higher education.

The impact of these amendments will not only be experienced by state and local government. Summit County relies on its network of nonprofits to help provide many services to Summit County families. Many of these nonprofits would experience severe financial reductions and would be forced to serve fewer residents. One Summit County nonprofit, Early Childhood Options, which seeks to help families find affordable, quality child care, reports that what is already a difficult situation for Summit County families will become nearly impossible. Nonprofits such as the Community Care Clinic and the Family and Intercultural Resource Center would see large reductions in state funding, dramatically reducing their ability to serve Summit County residents needing access to health care, parenting support and emergency assistance. The impacts of these amendments on our community, if passed, would be far reaching and severe. Proposition 101, in particular, would cut discretionary areas of the state budget such as higher education, mental health services, and the arts. This includes not only services that are contracted out to nonprofits, but also services to help nonprofits build an effective workforce.

The C.A.R.E. Council urges you to vote “no” on Amendments 60, 61 and Proposition 101.


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