Currently there are two statutes in Missouri to allow counties to pass either a retail sales tax (Section 67.1775) or a property tax (Section 210.860) to establish a Children’s Service Fund to provide supportive services for at-risk children and youth.

Seven other counties in Missouri have passed a sales tax initiative establishing a Children’s Service Fund, and the funds are supporting an array of services that are having positive outcomes including:

  • Reducing child abuse and neglect
  • Helping families regain housing and stability
  • Creating other positive outcomes in enabling children and youth to become productive members of their community.
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other counties in Missouri have passed a sales tax initiative establishing a Children's Service Fund

The funds are supporting an array of services that are having positive outcomes including:

Reducing child abuse and neglect
Helping families regain housing and stability
Creating other positive outcomes in enabling children and youth to become productive members of their community.

Following voter approval, the legislation allows each county to establish a governing board to oversee sales tax proceeds.

Funds raised within Jackson County would be used for programs and services to benefit at-risk children and youth from birth to age 19 in Jackson County.

These Services Include

  • Temporary shelter services for abused, neglected, runaway, homeless or emotionally disturbed children and youth
  • Respite care services
  • Unmarried parent services
  • Outpatient chemical dependency and psychiatric treatment
  • Outpatient counseling and related services as part of transitional living programs for children and youth
  • Crisis intervention services, inclusive of telephone hotlines
  • Prevention programs that promote healthy lifestyles among children and youth and strengthen families
  • Home-based and school-based family intervention programs
  • Individual, group or family counseling and therapy services, psychological evaluations and behavioral health screenings

How the Fund Works