Some places have not enough democracy, and some have too much.
We’re in a place that has too much, I’m afraid:
“SAN FRANCISCANS PRIORITIZE FUNDING FOR PROGRAMS FOR SENIORS, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, AND VETERANS – New Citywide Poll Finds Strong Support for the Dignity Fund
A recent citywide poll conducted by Tulchin Research (memo attached) found that San Franciscans strongly support the Dignity Fund (69% support), a set aside which would take 2% of property tax revenues from the General fund, and dedicate them to providing services for seniors and adults and veterans with disabilities, similar to the long standing and recently renewed Children’s Fund. The Dignity Fund measure would provide a dedicated local funding source for these services during a time when demand for them is on the rise.
The Dignity Fund is backed and funded by a coalition of community based organizations (full list below), including Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services, Centro Latino, Episcopal Senior Communities, Independent Living Resource Center, Institute on Aging, Open House, San Francisco Village, Self Help for the Elderly, Senior and Disability Action, and Swords to Ploughshares. The proposed measure comes at a time when the cost of living citywide is rising rapidly, and critical services have been reduced due to pressure from state and federal government cuts.
“The funds generated from this measure would help support critical services that are in need of funding to be fully realized for seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans,” said Herb Levine, Co-Chair of the Dignity Fund Coalition. “The City budget does not have a dedicated funding source for these services. The Dignity Fund would create that source without raising taxes.”
The survey tested a specific proposal that would set aside 2% of property tax revenues in the General Fund and dedicate them to providing services to seniors, adults and veterans with disabilities, similar to the Children’s Fund. The survey makes it clear that voters, regardless of age or ideology, offer overwhelming support for creating a Dignity Fund.
“We are taking the steps necessary to place this measure on the 2015 ballot, because now is the time to ensure stability for seniors, people with disabilities, and veterans,” said Ramona Davies, Co-Chair of the Dignity Fund Coalition. “As our populations grow, it behooves us to ensure that the funding is available for these important programs which provide our communities with services that impact us every day.”
Dignity Fund Coalition Members
Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach
Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services
Community Living Campaign
Episcopal Senior Communities
Felton Institute (Family Service Agency)
Home Bridge (formerly IHSS Consortium)
Independent Living Resource Center of San Francisco
Institute on Aging
Meals on Wheels
San Francisco Village
Self Help for the Elderly
Senior and Disability Action
SteppingStone Adult Day Health
Swords to Plowshares
YMCA of San Francisco
Curry Senior Center
Episcopal Community Services”