Campaign for children’s services council in Orange County yields progress
The campaign to seek Orange County voters approval in November for a $58 million tax for childrens programs appears to have hit a dead end. The campaigns co-chairman, longtime childrens advocate Dick Batchelor, says he hasnt given up, but hes also talking about trying again for the 2020 election.
Even so, supporters of doing more to help kids at risk in the county have 20 million reasons to be encouraged.
This week Mayor Teresa Jacobs proposed a $20 million increase in Orange Countys budget for childrens programs. Jacobs insisted her proposal was not a response to the campaign chaired by Batchelor and former Central Florida Partnership President Jacob Stuart, and backed by a broad cross-section of respected community leaders. We think she protests too much.