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.