Alameda Board of Supervisors Allocates Measure A Funds for Health Care Programs
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to allocate $3 million in county sales tax revenue from Measure A to public health programs that will focus on chronic diseases, efforts to improve children's health and reducing disparities in health care among different ethnic and socio-economic groups, the Oakland Tribune reports (Maitre, Oakland Tribune, 4/6).
Voters in March 2004 approved Measure A, which will increase the county sales tax to 8.75%, the highest sales tax rate in the state. The measure is expected to generate about $90 million to $100 million in revenue over 15 years (California Healthline, 3/2).
Health Care Services Agency Director David Kears said in the next few weeks he would release more explicit guidelines detailing the application process for about $618,000 that has been allocated for community-based organizations (Oakland Tribune, 4/6).