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Increase in Sales Tax Proposed to Fund Mental Health

An initiative is being proposed to address Denver’s mental health and substance abuse problem.   The “Caring for Denver” initiative proposes a 0.25 percent  City & County of Denver sales tax increase to pay for mental health and substance abuse treatment options.   The proposal must garner 4,700 signatures to get on the ballot.  If voted upon favorably in November,  the sales tax would raise approximately $45 million in its first year alone to address the issue and continue to fund treatment options for 10 years.

Mental Health Colorado headed by Andrew Romanoff and Mental Health Center of Denver are backing the initiative.  It is conservatively estimated that annually 35,000 Coloradans experience a mental health crisis that makes them seriously disabled or places them in imminent danger to themselves or others.

Read more in The Denver Post.

 

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