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Letters to the Editor: Children’s Trust Measure on May Ballot

Andrea M. Scharf
9777 Yachats River Road
Yachats OR 97498

April 9, 2013

To the Editor:

The supporters of the Children’s Trust for Lincoln County (CTLC) are going to submit a revised version of this measure for a vote in May. They have made a number of changes to their original request in response to concerns expressed by the citizens of Lincoln County. I believe this new measure deserves our support.

Investing money in children’s programs have a significant payback. Children who attend after-school programs, who receive food-filled backpacks, who are rescued from abusive home situations, and who feel that someone actually cares enough to help, are children who are much less likely to turn to drugs, to unprotected sex, to crime, and—perhaps worst of all—to just giving up. These consequences are way more expensive than the CTLC will be.

I’m not eager to pay more taxes, but the value of this program seems obvious. Pay a little now or pay a lot later. And that’s not even talking about the cost to our community of lost wages, lost productivity, and—really, I have to say this—lost souls. Because that is what happens when we turn our backs on kids in need. They’re lost and their misery is another burden we all share. Pass the Children’s Trust–we will all be better for it.

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April 15, 2013

Citizens of Lincoln County WE can make a difference! On the May 21, 2013 ballot an opportunity presents itself that will have a major positive effect upon the future of youth in our county,

Measure 21-151. The Children’s Trust of Lincoln County (CTLC)
An amazing 70+ children’s programs can have the opportunity to apply for a quality enrichment grant.

-A citizen Fund Distribution Committee, representing all parts
of the county, will determine where the money is spent.

-This trust (CTLC) will be accountable to YOU! The funding
decisions will be made in a public forum and

-Funded programs will be audited/reviewed annually and the
results published.

-The 5 yr. property tax levy would general $1.2 million per
year! The lower rate of 19 cents per thousand dollars of
assessed value would cost owners of a $200,000 property
$38 per year.

My 25+ years of experience as an educator of young children, mentor and faculty to future Early Education Educators, and designer of ECE programs support the passion that I have for what quality programs can provide and the results that are gained.

I urge you to express your support by voting yes for
Measure 21-151, The Children’s Trust of Lincoln County.

Bobbie Boudreau, MEd
PO Box 315
Gleneden Beach, OR 97388
PH: 541 764 5462

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To me, supporting the Children’s Trust of Lincoln County is about giving children the opportunities they deserve to succeed and become the positive force in society we all want them to be (hey, they will run this country soon!).

Parenting is a tough, stressful task when you’re struggling to make ends meet with multiple part-time, minimum wage jobs. Having a free after school program to rely on, so you know your kids are safe while you’re still at work, reduces stress. So does affordable childcare, precious little of which currently exists. And reduced stress makes for better parenting, and thus for more successful kids.

On the May ballot (measure 21-151), we have the opportunity to boost the county’s essential services for children by $1.2 million, at a cost of a dime a day ($38/year) for the owner of a $200,000 home. This provides a local, stable, efficient source of funding for programming benefiting youth.

No matter what part of the county you live in, the Children’s Trust can impact the programs kids in your neighborhood rely on. Currently, there are 70 active programs that are eligible to apply for funding through the Trust, in the areas of Early Childhood education, childcare, child abuse prevention, after school programs, etc.

For more information, including method of operation, accountability measures, eligible programs, etc., see childrenstrustoflincolncounty.org.
Personally, I’ll be happy to pay my share – I benefitted from many similar programs when I was young – wouldn’t you?

Chris Graamans, 95399 Hwy 101, Yachats. 541-547-3410

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