The Portland Children’s Levy

The Portland Children’s Levy was created by city voters in 2002 and overwhelmingly renewed in Fall 2008 for an additional five years. In May 2013, Portland again voted in favor of a five-year Levy renewal, this time with a 74-pecent margin.

The Levy annually invests $10 million in programs designed to help children arrive at school ready to learn, provide safe and constructive after-school alternatives for kids, prevent child abuse, neglect and family violence and help foster kids succeed. The Portland Children’s Levy is also a model of effectiveness and accountability: it funds proven programs, has citizen oversight, is subject to annual audits and keeps administrative expenses to 5 percent or less.

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