There is hereby established a fund to expand children’s services, which shall be called the Children’s Fund and shall be maintained separate and apart from all other City and County funds and appropriated by annual or supplemental appropriation. Monies therein shall be expended or used solely to provided expanded services for children as provided in this section.
There is hereby set aside for the Fund, from the revenues of the property tax levy, revenues in an amount equivalent to an annual tax of one and one-quarter cents ($.0125) per one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed valuation for the first fiscal year which begins 90 days or more after the election which approves this section, and revenues equivalent to an annual tax of two and one half cents ($.025) per one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed valuation for each of the following nine fiscal years. The Treasurer shall set aside and maintain such amount, together with any interest earned thereon, in the Fund, and any amounts unspent or uncommitted at the end of any fiscal year shall be carried forward to the next fiscal year and, subject to the budgetary and fiscal limitations of this Charter, shall be appropriated then or thereafter for the purposes specified in this section.
Monies in the Fund shall be used exclusively to provide services to children less than 18 years old, above and beyond services funded prior to adoption of this section. To this end, monies from the Fund shall not be appropriated or expended to fund services provided during fiscal year 1991-1992, whether or not the cost of such services increases, or appropriated or expended for services which substitute for or replace services provided during fiscal years 1990-1991 or 1991-1992, except and solely to the extent of services for which the City ceases to receive federal, state or private agency funds, which the funding agency required to be spent only on the services in question.
Services for children eligible for Fund assistance shall include only child care; job readiness, training and placement programs; health and social services (including pre-natal services to pregnant adult women); education programs; recreation; delinquency prevention; and library services, in each case for children.
Services for children paid for by the Fund shall not include:
1. For example, and not for purposes of limitation, services provided by the Police Department or other law enforcement agencies; by courts, the District Attorney, Public Defender or City Attorney; by the Fire Department; detention or probation services mandated by state or federal law; or public transportation;
2. Any service which benefits children incidentally or as members of a larger population including adults;
3. Any service for which a fixed or minimum level of expenditure is mandated by state or federal law, to the extent of the fixed or minimum level of expenditure;
4. Acquisition of any capital item not for primary and direct use by children;
5. Acquisition (other than by lease for a term of ten years or less) of any real property; or
6. Maintenance, utilities or any similar operating costs of any facility not used primarily and directly by children, or of any recreation or park facility (including a zoo), library, facility, or hospital.
During each fiscal year, a minimum of 25 percent of such funds shall be used for child care, a minimum of 25 percent for job readiness, training and placement, and a minimum of 25 percent for health and social services for children (including pre-natal services for pregnant adult women). Beginning with the fifth fiscal year during which funds are set aside under this section, the Board of Supervisors may modify or eliminate these minimum requirements.
No later than December of each calendar year, the Mayor shall prepare and present to the Board of Supervisors a Children’s Services Plan. The Plan shall propose goals and objectives for the Fund for the fiscal year beginning the following July 1, propose expenditures of monies from the Fund for the fiscal year beginning the following July 1 and designate the City department which would administer the funded programs. In connection with preparation of the Plan, and prior to the date required for presentation to the Board of Supervisors, the Health Commission, Juvenile Probation Commission, Human Services Commission, Recreation and Parks Commission and Public Library Commission shall each hold at least one public hearing on the Plan. Joint hearings may be held to satisfy this requirement. Any or all of the commissions may also hold additional hearings before or after presentation of the Plan.
The Fund shall be used exclusively to increase the aggregate City appropriations and expenditures for those services for children which are eligible to be paid from the Fund (exclusive of expenditures mandated by state or federal law). To this end, the City shall not reduce the amount of such City appropriations for eligible services (not including appropriations from the Fund and exclusive of expenditures mandated by state or federal law) in any of the ten years during which funds are required to be set aside under this section below the higher of the amount so appropriated for the fiscal year 1990-1991 or the amount so appropriated for the fiscal year 1991- 1992, in either case as adjusted. Not later than three months after the election which approves this section, the Controller shall calculate and publish the applicable base amount, specifying by department and program each amount included in the base amount. The base amount shall be adjusted for each year after the base year, based on calculations consistent from year to year, by the percentage increase or decrease in aggregate City appropriations from the base year, as estimated by the Controller. Errors in the Controller’s estimate of appropriations for a fiscal year shall be corrected by an adjustment in the next year’s estimate. For purposes of this subsection, aggregate City appropriations shall not include funds granted to the City by private agencies or appropriated by other public agencies and received by the City. Within 90 days following the end of each fiscal year through 2001-2002, the Controller shall calculate and publish the actual amount of City appropriations for services for children which are eligible to be paid from the Fund (exclusive of expenditures mandated by state or federal law).