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Let voters decide whether Lee taxpayers should fund Children’s Services Council

March 9, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

Red counties have them - like Martin, Okeechobee, and Lake. Blue counties have them - like Palm Beach, Broward and Dade. A growing number of counties have Children's Services Councils because it is not about politics, it is about our children's health, safety and education. The only common factor among all the counties is that their county commission chose to allow voters decide by putting the issue on the ballot.

The nine counties that currently have Children's Services Councils have increased the number of children that are kindergarten ready, improved low birth weight numbers, have wellness programs for all new mothers, improved 3rd grade reading levels and graduation rates. The same counties have lowered juvenile crime rates, lowered child abuse rates, lowered teen pregnancy and STD rates, and improved care for mental illness. Currently Lee County fails in comparison to state averages in every one of these categories. We are failing our children.

Lee County can have a Children's Services Council for less than we currently pay for mosquito control and never as much as we pay for libraries. But first our county commissioners must put the issue on the ballot so voters decide.

Please take the time to contact all county commissioners and the county manager by phone, email or letter. Tell them you Love Lee County Children and want to exercise your right to determine the best for Lee County. Let citizens decide.

Steve Sherman

Fort Myers



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