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CARE program to help local charities

St. Charles County taxpayers have the opportunity to support local nonprofits when paying their tax bills this month.

A decrease in sales tax revenue along with budget constraints have left nonprofits with less funding from St. Charles County’s Community Assistance Board (CAB).

“We simply didn’t have the money we have had in the past,” said County Councilmemer Joe Cronin. “Property values are down, and people just aren’t spending as much money.”

In an effort to provide additional funds for local nonprofits, Project CARE (Community Assistance Relief Effort) was established. Taxpayers can donate $1, $5 or $10 simply by checking the Project CARE box on their tax bill, or as part of the Collector of Revenue’s online tax payment and donation website.

Project CARE will be administered by County Collector of Revenue Michelle McBride, and supported by the County’s Community Assistance Board (CAB). The project will help support local nonprofit agencies that serve residents in need and receive support from the county’s Community Assistance Fund.

“Wonderful nonprofit organizations in our community like Crider Center, Crisis Nursery and Sts. Joachim and Ann have received support to help residents through the Community Assistance Fund,” Cronin said. “Project CARE is a simple and voluntary way for taxpayers to help those in need in our community.”

Cronin said 100 percent of the donations will go to CAB, which will distribute the funds to local nonprofits who complete an application process.

“Unfortunately our budgets got cut at the same time that nonprofits are seeing needs increase,” Cronin said. “We’re hoping to get the word out so we can help a lot of people.”

All donations to Project CARE are tax-deductible.

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