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VETERANS AND HUMAN SERVICES LEVY RESOLUTION CALLING FOR AN ELECTION TO AUTHORIZE A PROPERTY TAX LEVY FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING NECESSARY FUNDS FOR CAPITAL FACILITIES AND SERVICES THAT REDUCE MEDICAL COSTS, HOMELESSNESS, AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM INVOLVEMENT WITH THE PROCEEDS SUPPORTING VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES AND OTHER FAMILIES IN NEED. PREAMBLE Homelessness is a burgeoning crisis across our country, our state and our county impacting not only the individual in need, but society as a whole through additional costly services, such as police, emergency aid, medical services, or incarceration.
Research indicates that to break the cycle of homelessness and assist people to become selfsufficient again requires a holistic approach of wrap around services and stabilized housing. It has been demonstrated that those who use mental health, substance abuse and dependency services benefit most from cost-effective programs to promote recovery.
Providing human service needs to our residents through prevention as well as direct intervention is a multi-party effort of schools, cities, non-profit service providers, civic organizations, faith communities, volunteers, businesses, other organizations and Kitsap County. This combined effort to help residents in need fosters healthier and safer communities.
As we strive forward, let us do so with compassion, collaboration, and common sense.
WHEREAS, RCW 84.55 authorizes the Kitsap Board of County Commissioners to submit to the County voters the proposition to provide regional health and human services to residents of Kitsap County by authorizing a property tax levy in excess of the levy limitation in chapter 84.55 RCW, for a consecutive six-year p-eri0d at a rate of not more than $0.Q§ per-oae tHousand dollars for tne purpose of providing funding to enable the provision of health and
residents of Kitsap County and establishing two county citizen levy advisory boards to review and report on expenditures of levy proceeds, contingent on approval of the levy.
WHEREAS, the current economic crisis is eroding federal and state funding for human services;
WHEREAS, the Affordable Housing For All Grant Program, the Community Development Block Grant Program, and the Homeless Housing Grant Program are not capable of meeting the demand for services;
WHEREAS, 4,500 Kitsap residents are receiving unemployment compensation and twenty-one percent are veterans;
WHEREAS, the Washington State Department of Social and Human Services reports that the number of homeless people in Kitsap County enrolled in the basic food program increased from 500 in 1998 to nearly 3,000 individuals in 2010;
WHEREAS, the number of applications for the county's veterans assistance fund has nearly tripled since 2007;
WHEREAS, the HUDNA Supportive Housing program (VASH) and the VA Homeless Prevention Pilot Project programs for Kitsap County are both at capacity;
WHEREAS homeless shelter and transitional housing providers are at capacity, forcing them to turn away those in need;
WHEREAS, Kits~a~Gormty. lias 1i10 emergency snelter 'open 365 nays a~y:ear;
WHEREAS, the homeless student population in Kitsap County schools grew from 316 student in 2006-7 to 555 students in 2009-10.
WHEREAS, Bremerton Housing Authority currently has 1,350 families and individuals in Section 8 Housing and another 1,000 on a waiting list which is now closed.
WHEREAS, during 2010 the Kitsap County Jail booked 991 individuals who indicated they were veterans and 396 individuals who indicated they were homeless;
WHEREAS, people who have served our country in the military deserve a place to live, and treatment for any mental and physical health challenges, when they return;
WHEREAS, Communities are safer when people are not living on the streets. When we offer housing and services to people experiencing chronic homelessness, we all live in a safer place;
WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners finds that it is essential to the public welfare and safety of residents of the County to place a ballot measure before the voters in a special election on November 8, 2011;
NOW THEREFORE, be it resolved by the Kitsap Board of County Commissioners as follows:
SECTION 1. All activities supported by this levy, if passed, advance one or more of the three over arching policy goals:
1. Reducing homelessness 2. Reducing emergency medical and criminal justice involvement; or 3. Increasing self-sufficiency for veterans, military personnel, their families, and other individuals and families in need.
SECTION 2. Definitions.
The definitions of this section apply throughout this resolution unless
the context clearly requires otherwise.
A. Veteran or military "family" means a veteran or military personnel's spouse, domestic partner or child or child of the spouse or domestic partner or other dependent relatives if living in the household of a veteran or military personnel.
B. "Human services for veterans" means services or projects of the Kitsap County Veterans Assistance Program specifically to meet the needs of veterans, military personnel, and their families in Kitsap County.
C. "Levy" means the levy of regular property tax for the specific purpose and term provided in this resolution and authorized by the electorate in accordance with state law.
D. "Levy proceeds" means the principal amount of funds raised by the levy and any interest earnings on the funds.
E. "Military personnel" means those persons currently serving in a branch of the military, including the National Guard and reservists for any branch of the military.
F. "Regional health and human services" means a range of services and related capital facilities, including housing that meet basic needs and promote safe and healthy communities including, but not limited to:
1. Prevention and early intervention services that reduce or prevent adverse human behaviors and social conditions that lead to crises, serious dysfunction or disability;
2. Criminal justice linked services that assist individuals and their families in avoiding or mitigating their involvement with the criminal justice system;
3. Crisis intervention services that address life threatening situations and other crises;
4. Rehabilitation and support services that provide treatment for individual and family problems or provide support to maintain or enhance their present level of independence.
G. "Veterans" means those persons who have served in any branch of the military, including the National Guard and reservists who have served for any branch of the military.
SECTION 3. The voters of Kitsap County shall decide whether to provide regional health and human services to residents of Kitsap County by authorizing a veterans and human services property tax levy in excess of the levy limitation contained in chapter 84.55 RCW, for a consecutive sixyear period at a first rate year of not more than $0.05 per one thousand dollars of assessed valuation, for the purpose of providing funding to enable the provision of health and human services such as affordable and supportive housing, mental health counseling, substance abuse prevention and treatment, employment assistance, and other essential regional health and human services for residents of Kitsap County and establishing two county citizen oversight boards to review and report on expenditures of levy proceeds, contingent on voter approval of the levy.
SECTION 5. Eligible Expenditures.
If approved by the qualified electors of the county, all levy
proceeds shall be used to pay for the costs associated with provision of regional health and human services to a wide range of low-income people in need of such services, including, but not limited to services for veterans, military personal and their families, services for children and youth, the elderly, the unemployed and underemployed and for services specific to veterans' needs such as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and specialized employment assistance. The regional health and human services will also include a range of
regional health and human services and related capital facilities including, but not limited to, housing assistance, homelessness prevention, mental health counseling, substance abuse prevention and treatment and employment assistance.
Eligible expenditures shall also include payment of costs to strengthen and improve health and human services system and infrastructure to provide greater access to services and engender better coordination and integration of regional health and human services addressing the needs of veterans, military personnel and their families.
SECTION 6 ..Call for special election. The Kitsap County Auditor is requested to place on the ballot for a special election
Nevember-:8, 2011, the following proposition, subject to any
changes required by the Office of the Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney:
KITSAP COUNTY Proposition 1 Veterans and Human Services Levy
The Kitsap Board of County Commissioners approved Resolution No__
concerning funding for veterans, health and human services. This proposition would fund capital facilities and services that reduce medical costs, homelessness and criminal justice system involvement, with half of the proceeds supporting veterans, military personnel and their families, and the other half supporting other families in need. It would authorize Kitsap County to increase its projected property tax levy rate of
by up to 5 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, to $
,for collection in
2012, with levy increases in each of the following five years limited as provided by chapter 84.55 RCW. Should this proposition be:
(Pursuant to RCW 84.55.050 & BOCC Res. No.__
SECTION 7. County citizen advisory boards established.
If the levy is approved by the voters,
2012. The veteran levy board shall oversee the funds for veterans, military personnel and their families. The human services levy board shall oversee the funds for regional health and human services for a wide-range of low-income people in need of such services. Eactl county
with a diverse, balanced representation of private and public sectors, veterans, community leaders, jurisdictions, and human service representatives. or appointed officials of any government. Board members may not be elected
to the Kitsap Board of County Commissioners, for the Kitsap Board of County Commissioners' review and approval by resolution, a service improvement plan and a related appropriation resolution for the investment of levy proceeds for the purposes described in Section 5 of this resolution. However, a supplemental appropriation resolution for expansion of existing county
veterans' program services up to the limit in Section 12.E of th is resolution and for development of the service improvement plan may be submitted by the department director to the Kitsap Board of County Commissioners before development and submittal of the plan. The plan shall be developed as a six-year strategic services improvement plan that provides a basis for evaluating the results of levy expenditures in time to develop a levy renewal proposal for the ballot in 2017.
SECTION 9. Goals, strategies and purposes of the service improvement plan. A. The department director shall address in the service improvement plan the goals of reducing homelessness and emergency medical and criminal justice involvement and increasing self-sufficiency both for veterans and military personnel in need and their families and for other individuals and families in need. B. The investments identified in the plan shall help to achieve these goals by: 1. Improving access to and coordination and effectiveness of health, human services and housing programs for those individuals and families in immediate need; and 2. Helping the community identify and expand the most effective means of promoting healthy development for children most at-risk for dependency and criminal justice involvement in the long run. C. Overall purposes in addressing these goals are to: 1. Provide a measure of safety, dignity and opportunity to those most in need and, thereby, to improve the overall quality of community life; and 2. Reduce the unsustainable growth of public safety, criminal justice and emergency medical costs affecting county, city and state budgets.
SECTION 10. Service improvement plan content and requirements. shall include in the service improvement plan:
The department director
practices related to the goals for the investment of levy proceeds described in Section 4 of this resolution. The review shall identify and analyze opportunities for both service and capital
improvements or other one-time investments that offer the most promise in terms of reduction in demand and cost of emergency health, housing and public safety services as well as increased stability and self-sufficiency for people in need. Particular priority shall be given to identifying opportunities to leverage and combine existing resources to improve results and maximize impact; B. A description of the proposed priority investment areas including the kinds of system improvements strategies and ongoing or one-time investment proposed for each priority investment area. The description for each investment area shall identify the target group or groups and define and discuss goals, service improvement strategies and desired results, including how the investment or improvements will build upon and further develop existing resources; The allocation plan shall separate the fifty percent of levy proceeds earmarked for regional human services for veterans and military personnel in need and their families from the remaining funds not specifically targeted to individuals and families with a military background.
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these two overall categories for the use of levy proceeds, the allocation plan shall s ow the 0
projected use o~JE1vy funq?for eac.h of the priority investment areas broken down fwr:ther by ongoir:lg servIce :vers~s one-time iDvestments;
D. Implementation plans for each priority investment area. The department director shall include implementation plans for each priority investment area. These plans shall describe: 1. How and when each specific improvement will be implemented using what kinds of funding and service partnerships; f 2. What kinds of performance contracting and'p-erforffianc~ measures will be used; 3. How cultural competence will be assured in the delivery of services to diverse populations; and 4. How services will be located and designed to maximize access by the populations in need; E. A plan for overseeing and evaluating both the initial implementation and the longerterm results of the service improvement plan, including a description of the roles, responsibilities and staff.ing of the veterans citizen oversight and regional human services citizen boards: and F. A brief description of the process used to develop the service improvement plan and involve stakeholders as required in Section 13 of this resolution.
SECTION 11. Priority areas for improvement investments.
In developing the service
improvement plan, the department director shall give particular consideration to areas of investment that:
A Help veterans and their families who are in need to benefit from increased access to
services that more effectively meet their needs in both the veterans' service systems and other
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human services systems and that encourage development of new partnerships between veterans' service systems and other human services systems; B. Improve access to and success in housing and services by creating seamless, userfriendly pathways from local institutions, the courts, emergency medical and public safety services and the street into coordinated and integrated services; C. RedlJlGerepeated irivolvernent in the emergency meaical and criminal justice systems and increase stability and self-sufficiency by developing and expanding the capacity of supportive housing networks that use housing first strategies and provide integrated support, treatment and employment services; D. Allow for the timely and appropriate sharing of client information necessary to achieving maximum results with all of the access and service and housing improvement investments; E. Increase access to and quality of post-traumatic stress syndrome treatment for veterans and others in needs; F. Increase the impact of programs that have demonstrated effectiveness in reducing recidivism in the criminal justice system by adding housing and employment components or increasing capacity, or both;
G lnerease self sufficieney by alii<:iingemployment goals and serVices to existing
programs, and H. Reduce the risk of future criminal behavior or dependency problems, or both, by promoting healthy child development for children most at risk.
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SECTION 12. Allocation plan parameters.
The allocation plan of the service improvement
plan shall adhere to the following parameters: A. One half of the levy proceeds shall be expended in ways that demonstrably benefit veterans, military personnel in need and their families; B. The majority of the first year's levy proceeds shall be allocated for capital and other one-time expenditures for such purposes as expanding housing availability in conjunction with new service investments, developing and implementing information sharing protocols and information systems, training and equipment;
D. For the second year of the levy and each year thereafter, up to two hundred and fifty thousand dollars per year may be set aside in each fund for housing acquisition or other capital or one-time purposes; E. Up to two hundred thousand dollars per year from the portion of the levy proceeds used for services for veterans, military personnel in need and their families shall be expended on expansion and improvement of current county veterans program services. The remainder of the portion of the levy proceeds dedicated to services for veterans, military personnel in need and their families shall be expended to improve other housing and health and human service options for veterans, military personnel in need and their families and may be used in partnership with other funds for projects that jointly benefit veterans, military personnel and their families and people who are not veterans, military personnel in need and their families;
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F. Up to one hundred thousand dollars per year from the levy proceeds may be invested in early intervention and prevention programs that have demonstrated effectiveness in reducing dependency, recidivism, and criminal justice problems of veterans and other families in need; and
a. d human services programs.
SECTION 13. Service improvement plan development process. The department director shall ensure that the service improvement plan is developed as a collaborative effort between the departments of personnel and human services, and public health with specific involvement of the county veterans' program advisory board, health care for the homeless, jail health, housing and community development, mental health, chemical abuse and dependency, work training, community corrections, parent child health and the Commission on Children and Youth. In the process of plan development, the department director shall also consult with the Kitsap Continuum of Care Coalition, the appropriate juvenile and adult justice operational master plan oversight and working groups, and any other local groups in the human services field. SECTION 14. Roles of the veterans advisory board, the veterans levy board and the human services board. A. The Kitsap County Veteran Advisory Board shall be involved in the development of the service improvement plan for the portion of the levy proceeds for services for veterans, military personnel in need and their families. All proposals for investment of the portion of the
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levy proceeds for services for veterans, military personnel in need and their families shall be reviewed by the board, and the board's recommendations provided as part of the plan.
B. The veterans levy board and the human services levy board shall monitor and review the expenditure of levy proceeds in accordance with the adopted service improvement plan and report annually, through liaison with the department of personnel & human services, to the Kitsap Board of County Commissioners on or before June 1 of each year beginning in 2012. The veterans levy board and human services levy board shall make recommendations to the department director and the Board of County Commissioners regarding any changes that may be needed to best meet the overall goals for the use of levy proceeds and shall provide advice to the department director and Board of County Commissioners on the issue of a levy renewal or replacement proposition.
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS KITSAP COUNTY, WASHINGTON
CHARLOTTE GARRIDO, Chair
ROBERT GELDER, Commissioner
JOSH BROWN, Commissioner ATTEST:
Dana Daniels, Clerk of the Board
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