Jackson County COMBAT, known for decades for fighting drug abuse in the community is now expanding its focus.
COMBAT, which stands for Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax is a one-quarter cent countywide sales tax that was first passed by Jackson County voters in 1989. It has been renewed three times since, including by a better than two to one majority in 2009.
Traditionally, COMBAT funds have specifically designated for agencies and programs focused on substance abuse treatment and drug prevention. However, when the tax was last passed in 2009, supporters strongly supported COMBAT adding anti-violence initiatives to their core mission.
After outlining their new anti-violence focus to the Jackson County Legislature on September 30, COMBAT released a new request for proposals for anti-violence funding. COMBAT staff is now seeking innovative proposals to prevent and reduce violence for Jackson County.
The new anti-violence funding will not affect funding for drug abuse and prevention programs.
Anti-violence proposals must address a specific area of need, including: gang violence, weaponry and young males, methamphetamine and violence, ex-offenders and violence, parenting and family interventions, relationship violence, restorative justice with a focus on conflict and resolution, or community violence prevention.
"We are looking to invest in creative ideas that can help us reduce violence throughout our community," said Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders.
There will be a mandatory pre-proposal meeting on Tuesday, October 15 for agencies or programs interested in requesting anti-violence funds. The meeting will take place at 10:00 a.m. at the Jackson County Courthouse in downtown Kansas City (415 E. 12th Street, 2nd Floor Legislative Assembly Area).
For more information, visit the Jackson County COMBAT web page at www.combatjack.org or call 816-881-1400.
Proposals for anti-violence funding must be turned in to the Jackson County Purchasing Department at the Jackson Courthouse in Kansas City by 2:00 p.m. on October 29, 2013.