Contra Costa County Expects $200,000 From State To Plan for Proposition 63 Implementation
Contra Costa County expects to receive about $200,000 from the state for the county's planning process for Proposition 63, which raises the state's personal income tax by 1% on annual incomes that exceed $1 million to fund mental health services, the Contra Costa Times reports.
The initiative will raise about $275 million during fiscal year 2004-2005 and about $750 million during FY 2005-2006 to fund mental health services, according to the Times (Steffens, Contra Costa Times, 1/12).
The state has not yet determined the amount of funds each county will receive, and officials statewide are working to develop proposals for using their portion of Proposition 63 funds and holding hearings on the plans (California Healthline, 1/6).
Counties must submit by July 1 a three-year plan for how they would use the funds. A governor-appointed oversight commission and the Department of Mental Health will review the proposals.
Contra Costa County, which expects to receive $12 million to $14 million from the initiative in its first year, will continue its planning process for the next six months and will hold a series of town hall meetings in February, March and April to discuss the proposals, according to Donna Wigand, county mental health director (Contra Costa Times, 1/12).