Bring More Mental Health Resources to Collier County: Vote YES in November

September 24th, 2018

David Lawrence Center proudly supports the Naples Chamber of Commerce in the One Collier initiative. If you’re not familiar with One Collier, it is a political committee formed in Collier County by the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce to support the passage of Collier County’s seven-year, one-cent infrastructure sales surtax ballot.

With the passing of the seven-year, one-cent infrastructure sales surtax ballot initiative, there will be countless benefits for our community. The new tax will raise an estimated $490 million over its lifetime, 25-30% of which will be paid for by tourists, visitors and individuals who work in Collier County but don’t live here. There is an estimated $240 million that will go to county-specific transportation and mobility enhancements, facilities and capital projects, and infrastructure to improve the quality of life for Collier County citizens – including 11 new bridges planned for Collier County.

While infrastructure, facilities and capital replacements are important, providing valuable resources for members of the community is a major priority of the One Collier initiative as well. With an estimated 40,000 new jobs needed in Collier County by 2030, they plan to invest $20 million of the tax funds in a career and technical training center. In addition, there is a VA Nursing Home, and a Workforce Housing Land Trust Fund planned as well for a combined cost of $60 million.

As the leading mental health and substance use disorder facility located in Collier County, David Lawrence Center is fully dedicated to advancing and enhancing life-saving and life-changing care. We are excited the One Collier sales tax initiative has prioritized $25 million for a mental health facility expansion. These resources are desperately needed to build additional space for enhanced bed capacity in order to meet the growing community need—both now and into the future.

While the thought of raising taxes does sound scary to some, with one penny we could make a significant impact on our community and make investments in the growth of Collier County. To learn more about the One Collier Initiative and how you can vote, visit the One Collier site here.

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