In 2002, the voters of Pitkin County passed a 5-year property tax dedicated for the sole purpose of providing funding to health and human services and community non-profit programs through The Healthy Community Fund Grant Program.
In 2006, that dedicated property tax was again strongly supported by the voters, providing $1,250,000 in funding in 2007 for non-profits whose services fulfill the intent of the ballot question and help Pitkin County achieve its community goals.
The tax was again renewed and increased in November, 2018, for another 9 years. Currently in 2019, the tax in bringing in $2,300,000 in revenues.
Non-Profit Programs Benefiting
The Healthy Community Fund provides a stable funding source for non-profit programs including:
Protective and supportive services for children
Helping at-risk youth connect to community programs and activities to help them succeed
Helping victims of domestic violence and sexual assault
Care for the terminally ill and their families
Mental health and substance abuse counseling and preventive services
Providing a variety of physical, social, and educational activities for seniors, including support for those who need 1-on-1 help to deal with the challenges of everyday life
Preventive health services to lower-income citizens - such as immunizations, unintended pregnancy prevention and family planning services - to avoid higher costs later
Working with developmentally disabled citizens and their families to enhance their ability to live independent lives
Programs that protect the quality of our natural resources