Proposition 10, The Children and Families Act, passed in 1998 and authorized the State of California to tax cigarettes $.50 per pack. The revenue from this tax, approximately 700 million annually is distributed to all counties in proportion to their birth rates. Small counties like Sierra, receive a minimum allocation to establish a commission and conduct the business of distributing revenues for the health, education and welfare of 0-5 year olds and their families. Sierra County Children and Families Commission was established in 2000 and has continued to assess the highest needs of Sierra County ‘s 0-5 population and direct available Prop.10 funds to serve those identified needs.
About Sierra County
Sierra County is a mountainous, rural county of 953 square miles in the Sierra Nevada mountains north of Lake Tahoe. Sierra County’s population is 3,550: 175 0-5 year olds. The schools are in declining enrollment, but continue to have strong academic programs. The largest community is Loyalton with a population of 850. Agriculture, tourism and government comprise the primary economy.
First 5 Sierra will effectively implement Prop. 10 funding for improvement of the health, school readiness and well being of Sierra County ‘s prenatal to five year olds and their families.
First 5 Sierra envisions a continuum of appropriate and integrated health, education and recreational support services from prenatal to old age for a balanced and sustainable Sierra County community.