The “Our Kids. Our Commitment” campaign is an effort to put a question on the Nov. 6 general election ballot asking Allegheny County residents whether they want to create an Allegheny County Children’s Fund.
To place the question onto the ballot, organizers of the Allegheny County Children’s Fund Initiative must collect 40,000 signatures from registered Allegheny County voters by Aug. 7.
MVI’s Homestead office is one of more than two dozen locations across the Pittsburgh area where the petitions may be signed. The petitions must be signed in person.
If the petition drive is successful, the following question would appear on the Nov. 6 ballot: “Shall the Allegheny County Home Rule Charter be amended to establish the Allegheny County Children’s Fund, funded by Allegheny County levying and collecting an additional 0.25 mills, the equivalent of $25 on each $100,000 of assessed value, on all taxable real estate, beginning January 1, 2019 and thereafter, to be used to improve the well-being of children through the provision of services throughout the County including early childhood learning, after school programs, and nutritious meals?”
A majority “yes” vote would then be required in order to amend the county’s charter.
Only registered voters from Allegheny County may sign the petition. The petition is available to be signed during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, at MVI’s office at 305 E. Eighth Ave., Homestead.
Supporters of the “Our Kids. Our Commitment” campaign include A+ Schools, Amachi Pittsburgh, Auberle, Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania, Brookline Teen Outreach, Consortium for Public Education, Fine Art Miracles, Inc., Focus On Renewal, Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania, Heritage Community Initiatives, Homeless Children’s Education Fund, Homewood Children’s Village, Macedonia Family and Community Enrichment Center, Millvale Community Library, Neighborhood Allies, Neighborhood Learning Alliance, PULSE, Schell Games, SLB Radio Productions, Inc., Students United for Policy Change – Pitt, The Early Learning Institute and Youth Opportunities Development.
No local, county, state or federal governmental funds are being used by Mon Valley Initiative to provide this petition. MVI complies with all state and federal tax regulations that govern lobbying and/or attempts to influence legislation.