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Panel of Florida Children’s Trust Directors to share experience with Escambia County

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Escambia County is now one of 11 Florida counties to have voters approve an additional tax to support a Children’s Trust. Hosted by CivicCon, a 3-person panel of executives from other Florida Children’s Trusts that have been through the initial phases of creating an organization, needs assessments and budgets will share their experiences with our community.
The panel includes Michele Watson, CEO of the Florida Children’s Council, Sean Boyle, Executive Director of the Port St. Lucie Children’s Services Council, and Kelly Parris, Executive Director of Hillsborough County’s Children’s Council.
The public is invited to attend the live virtual event on Thursday, April 22, from 6:00- 7:30 PM and can register to receive the link by going to Eventbrite HERE.

Recently, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of five citizens to the Escambia Children’s Trust Board of Directors. 17 citizens were nominated by Escambia County Commissioners, and the five chosen by the Governor were  Stephanie White, Rex Northrup, Lonnie Wesley, Tori Woods and David Peaden.

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The remaining five positional board members were appointed to the board to as mandated by state law — Escambia County School Board member Patty Hightower, who is the chair of the Board, Department of Children and Families Northwest Region Managing Director Walter Sachs, Circuit Judge Jennifer Frydrychowicz, Escambia County Commissioner Lumon May and Escambia County School District Superintendent Dr. Tim Smith.

Voters approved the formation of the Children’s Trust last November to be funded by an increase in ad valorem taxes of up to a maximum of 0.5 mil that will cost the average Escambia County property owner an approximate $40 per year, beginning in 2022. Proponents of the tax say it is expected to generate $8 million or more each year, enabling the trust to provide for early childhood education, as well as safety, developmental, preventative, health, and well-being services, as well as after school and summer enrichment programs.