Proposition 10, the Children and Families Act, passed in 1998 and authorized the State of California to tax cigarettes $0.50 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 revenue for the heal, 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 highes needs of Sierra County’s 0-5 population and direct available Prop. 10 funding to serve those identified needs. This process has been continuously directed through strategic planning.
First 5 Sierra will effectively implement Proposition 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.
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 approximately 3,550 with roughly 175 0-5 year old children. Schools have been experiencing declining enrollment, but continue to have strong academic programs. The largest community and only incorporated city in Sierra County is Loyalton with a population of approximately 900. Agriculture, tourism and government comprise the primary economy.