Youth jobs are focus of proposed ballot measure
A measure to provide funding for jobs and other services for young people in Sacramento has been proposed for an upcoming ballot. The funding for youth would come from a $29 annual tax on parcels of property in the city, which would be paid by property owners.
The Youth Jobs and Opportunity Act is endorsed by the Sacramento Central Labor Council, said Bill Camp, the council’s executive secretary. The proposal was filed with the City Clerk’s office Dec. 22.
“We’ll come out of this recession,” Camp said. “The point is: Do we come out of it with young people prepared to go after the jobs that are going to be created in this new economy?”
The proposed initiative aims to deliver services to young people ages 11 to 25. The funding would be split into three categories. Jobs and job training for young people would receive at least 40 percent of the funding. At least 20 percent of the funding would be paid to programs that help students with their academic progress. Services for at-risk youth would receive at least 20 percent of the dollars.
After-school programs, apprenticeships and street outreach efforts, among other programs, could be eligible for funding.
“In order to remain competitive in today’s changing global economy, Sacramento’s young people must be provided with the support, experiences and opportunities that will prepare them to thrive in the workforce and make positive contributions to the community,” the proposal states.
Camp noted that the proposed initiative includes a tax exemption for low-income property owners.
The City Clerk’s office expects to receive a ballot title and summary for the proposed initiative from City Attorney Eileen Teichert by Jan. 6, according to assistant city clerk Stephanie Mizuno.
Read the proposed initiative here.
The city’s process for a ballot initiative is outlined here.
Kathleen Haley is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press.