CFM Strategic Communications has renewed its commitment to the Portland Children's Levy, which has invested nearly $100 million in the past decade on proven programs to prevent child abuse, provide early education, offer after-school activities and assist foster children.
Renewal of the Portland Children's Levy, which has been championed by Portland City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, will appear on the May 2013 ballot for voter approval. The levy would extend the current rate of 40 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, raising $52.8 million during the five-year life of the levy.
"CFM applauds the leadership of Commissioner Saltzman and the Portland City Commission to help children prepare for school and have safe programs after school," says CFM President Gary Conkling. "The investments made possible by the previous two levies has made Portland a stronger community."
The new levy, if approved, would add a focus on child hunger. Levy backers cite a report from the Oregon Food Bank that 14,000 Portland children eat from emergency food boxes each month.
Saltzman says the levy will go to support partnerships with existing programs, such as Meals on Wheels, to expand its capacity to address child hunger.
The Portland Children's Levy has proven popular with voters because it worked with 50 local, proven and cost-effective programs to ensure "Portland's kids are safe, healthy and successful." Levy managers also have kept administrative expenses to only 5 percent, with the remainder going directly into programs that impact children.
"Children enter kindergarten ready to learn. Students are safe in engaging after-school programs. Kids of all ages have mentors to keep them on track," Saltzman explains. He adds that families have seen a decrease in home violence and parents can attend school or go to work with more confidence because of affordable child care options.
CFM has made a financial contribution to the two previous Portland Children's Levy campaigns. "We are pleased to do so again this time," Conkling said. "This is a great example of government going above and beyond to do its job to make our community a better place for all of us."
Information about the levy and the campaign can be found at voteyesforportlandschildren.com.