Orange County Organizations Receive Share of Tobacco Tax Money
Several Orange County health organizations have received a share of the county's $17.5 million generated from Proposition 10, which imposed a 50-cent per-pack cigarette tax, the Orange County Register reports. More than 100 organizations competed for a share of the funds. Since California voters passed Prop. 10 in 1998, the Orange County Children and Families Commission has distributed more than $40 million to local children's programs that provide medical services, family counseling and injury prevention services. The Orangewood Children's Foundation will receive $1 million, which will be used to hire 12 staff members to help low-income individuals find health services. In addition, the following health organizations received a portion of the latest allocation:
- Orange County Pediatric Health and Medical Services Initiative: $6 million;
- Orange County Injury Prevention Collaborative: $1.2 million;
St. Joseph Hospital of Orange: $1.3 million; and
- Southern California Alcohol and Drug Program: $843,732.
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