In 1986, Ames voters passed a local sales tax via a public vote. That vote was based on the idea that some of the money would go to decrease property taxes and the rest would go to human services, the arts and community betterment.
Since then, many dollars have been going to items historically paid for by property taxes. These monies could be used to help our local human service organizations instead.
In February of 2016, the Ames City Council directed staff to create a new way to give more of these dollars through a Human Service Agency Grant Program. This program could fund one-time items with the available sales tax dollars that are left over year to year. Council has allocated $200,000 this year and $200,000 for next year to this new program. The amount of money left over this year is over $1.3 Million.
What can we do?
- Please let council know we can and should do more! We need you to email your city council members today — feel free to put the attached language into your own words.
- Please send your email to the Ames City Council by February 10th, and share this email with anyone who cares about making sure everyone in the Ames community is getting the support and services they need.
- Also, please consider attending the February 14th City Council Meeting where there will be an opportunity for public input during Budget Wrap-up.
How to contact Mayor Campbell and the City Council
- Email Mayor Ann Campbell
- Email Gloria Betcher
- Email Tim Gartin
- Email Peter Orazem
- Email Chris Nelson
- Email Bronwyn Beatty
- Email Amber Corrieri
Dear Mayor and Council,
I am writing to thank you for your continued support of human services through your support of the ASSET process. Additionally, I wanted to voice my support for the new Human Service Agency Grant Program.
While the council has made great strides by including $400,000 over the next 2 years for this pilot project, it is my hope that the council will allocate more of the $1.3 Million balance in the local option fund for human services needs. Ideally, it would be exciting to see a $1 Million commitment over the next 2 years, which would still preserve a balance of $700,000 for unexpected challenges.
Thank you for your commitment to the Ames community!
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