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Children’s Trust still wants promise of $58 million for Orange County kids

October 30, 2018 0 Comments

Supporters of the Children’s Trust of Orange County are still trying to get an additional $58 million a year for youth programs, despite failing to get the matter on the November ballot and a report from consultants hired by the county saying the tab should be “significantly” less.

The discrepancy was highlighted during an Orange County Commission meeting Tuesday as consultants from Tallahassee-based FOREFRONT laid out preliminary findings on spending an additional $20 million on children’s services — an amount the county approved in September after rejecting a proposed tax hike that would have raised more than twice that much.

The tax money would have been dedicated to cover gaps in services for kids who are abused, neglected, sick, homeless, living in poverty or struggling in school.

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