The Human Services Safety Net: What is it?
In November 2010, Boulder County voters approved Ballot Initiative 1A, a temporary 0.9 mill levy increase on property taxes. The purpose of the increase is to help fill a void left by state and federal cuts to funding for housing and human services programs during a time when need has been skyrocketing. The HSSN tax increase was scheduled to expire at the end of 2015, and Boulder County Commissioners placed a proposed extension of the HSSN on the November 2014 ballot. Voters approved the extension, which means HSSN funding will continue through the year 2030.
Please note: this initiative was previously referred to as the Temporary Human Services Safety Net, or TSN. The extension of the mill levy is indicative of the ongoing nature of the work it funds, and is reflected in the updated name, Human Services Safety Net (HSSN).