Recommendation for Prop 10 Funding Allocation Formula

.. county of Santa Clara

THIS RELATES TO:
Item No. 24
Date: 03/23/99

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James T. Beall, Jr.
Supervisor. Fourth District

MEMORANDUM
DATE:
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:

Monday, March 22, 1999
Board of Supervis~s
James T. Beall, Jr.
Supervisor, Distri

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Recommendation for Prop 10 Funding Allocation Formula

The Children and Families Committee supported an allocation of Prop 10 funds by
the proportion of births based upon residency in each supervisorial <:i,istrict. It is my
view that a needs driven, outcomes based funding formula., should be additionally
considered. Such a formula offers the most efficient and equitable mechanism for
determining funding priorities. If the objective of Prop 10 funding is to make a
measurable difference in the lives of children aged 0-6 county-wide, then funds
should be allocated where they can achieve the maximum beneficial outcomes.
Therefore I recommend that the County Commission determine a funding formula
consistent with these objectives.
For example, if the County Commission were to select as an objective the goal of
maximizing improvements in standardized test scores for 3rd graders in San ta
Clara County, then in order to accomplish maximum gains funds would be
allocated to those districts where the greatest gains could be achieved.
• Outcomes/ objectives based funding clearly driven by needs will encourage
strategic allocation of Prop 10 resources consistent with our prevention strategies
adopted in the FY 2000 Budget Strategy Statement Feb. 5th , 1999:
1. Create conditions that permit at-risk youth to lead safe and healthy
lives
2. Continue efforts to expand and improve preventative health care for
children by strategically directing new Proposition 10 funds into well
child health care programs
3. Establish the funding of ~hildcare as a central component of a
successful program to support families in their efforts towards selfsufficiency.







4. New and/ or programs presented for consideration should be theorybased (staff should have an idea at the outset about how the program
will affect the target population); describe in detail the outcomes that
are expected to result from the implementation of the program or
enhancement; and address a pressing need as verified by reliable
sources of data.
Such an objectives based funding formula should ~!early articulate the County's
and County Commission's priorities towards serving those children most at risk
for developmental disorders, learning disabilities, poor self esteem, teenage
pregnancy. and other consequences of living in poverty.
Strictly allocating funds based upon births will disproportionately allocate
resources to areas where needs are minimal, academic standards are at or near
peak performance, ~nd any additional gains will be insignificant in improving
the lives of children and families.

The following chart indicates some possible factors that could be considered by the
Comnuss1on
. . w h en se1ec tinga fund.mg proposa.
I
Proposed
Funding
Formula
District

1
2
3
4
5

Live
Births

4870
7380
5429
5126
3520

Additional
Factors that could
be considered
CFC Proposed Mothers w/ < HS
Ed.
Funding

18.50%
28%
21%
19%
13%

784
2891
601
699
252

Inadequate Prenatal
Care
.. ..

733 ·
1741
836
669
324

Proportion of Children
Livina
below FPL

8.70%
19.30%
5.30%
8.90%
4-.40%

In summary, it is my recommendation that the Commission develop a funding
formula that strategically allocates resources based upon quantifiable objectives with
measurable indicators of success in addition to the proposed allocation based upon
live births. Therefore I recommend modifying the CFC proposed funding allocation
formula.

C: Richard Wittenberg
Clerk of the Board
Document

Memo to the Board of Supervisors from Jim Beall, Supervisor District 4, recommending that a needs driven, outcomes based funding formula should be additionally considered.

Collection

James T. Beall, Jr.

Content Type

Memoranda

Resource Type

Document

Date

03/22/1999

District

District 4

Creator

Jim Beall

Language

English

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