Rescuing poor, hungry and emotionally distraught children. Would a small property tax override help restore them?
The League of Women Voters, like many other community minded organizations, have taken note of the economic stress that infects millions of American families. Lot jobs, lost homes, broken marriages, hunger, drug and alcohol addiction, depression and other mental health issues plague our families and especially our children.
But with the reduction in revenues coming into state coffers, there is precious little left to send to local communities to help families which are suffering in every county of the state. Children who are raised in such troubled families often fail to do well in school which means later on they fail to do well in life. And so the cycle repeats itself.
The League of Women Voters of Lincoln County have invited two local family advocates to give a clear picture on the status of Lincoln County families, including an assessment of what is happening to our community’s children. They are Barbara Dougherty of the Lincoln County Commission on Children and Families and Jane Lehrer of the Children’s Trust Fund. They will be guest speakers at the March 15th meeting of the League at the Newport Library, corner of Nye and West Olive. The program starts at 12noon.
Information wil cover recent forced reductions in state programs for children and how those changes have affected their ability to provide critical services to families in Lincoln County. They will also be talking about a proposal to ask Lincoln County voters to pick up some of the lost revenue that the state no longer has to give. That proposal is a small property tax override that would help stop the loss of these services and to provide a real safety net for our troubled families, made worse by the prolonged recession.
Everyone is invited to come and learn more about this important issue. Light refreshments will be served and guests are welcome to bring a sack lunch if they wish.
For more information, please call the League of Women Voters, 541-265-7532 or MDEmory@Peak.org.