How We're Funded
A Children's Services Council (CSC) is a countywide special-purpose government, in essence a taxing district, created by ordinance – and approved by local voters – to fund programs and services that improve the lives of children and their families.
An Independent Entity
To date, nine Florida counties have created CSCs that invest property tax dollars in the well-being of their community’s children and families. While the services offered and age groups served vary depending on each community’s needs, the primary focus of all CSCs is to invest in prevention and early intervention programs that produce measurable results.
In eight counties, voters have approved “independent” taxing authority for their CSC to ensure a dedicated funding source is available for children’s programs and services. In addition to Palm Beach, the other counties with independent districts are Broward, Hillsborough, Martin, Miami-Dade, Okeechobee, Pinellas and St. Lucie. Duvall County (Jacksonville) operates as a "dependent" district, relying on funding from different sources, including county government, to pay for children's programs and services.
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