Last November, Bernalillo County voters overwhelmingly (69%) supported funding new mental health services through a small 1/8-cent increase in local gross receipts tax.
This Tuesday, the Bernalillo County Commission will hear from the public before their vote to put that plan into action.
Most of us know someone – a family member or friend – affected by mental health services, and even those of us who don’t read the headlines and know that Bernalillo County is experiencing a mental health crisis.
But even though we all live it, and 69% of voters approved it, anti-progressive groups are organizing to turn out Tuesday to put a stop to the plan.
Let’s be clear: we have a moral obligation to help those who can’t help themselves, and voters overwhelmingly agreed to chip in to make it happen. Saying NO now is not an option.
That’s why county commissioners need to hear from you before Tuesday’s meeting. Here’s how you can help:
Bernalillo County Commission to vote on the mental health tax! Download our “Call to Action” Flyer here.
Tuesday, February 17 | 5:00 pm
@ Vincent E. Griego Chambers, One Civic Plaza NW (Downtown)
Last November, nearly 70% of our community voted to support the 1/8 percent mental health tax increase—now it’s time to enact the tax!
We hope you will:
- Show up to the County Commission meeting on February 17 to support the mental health tax increase (you will find us there)!
- At the meeting, give a 2-minute testimony before the commission (pre-sign up online here by 3pm on Tuesday for the 5pm Administrative Meeting. NOTE: you will have to create an account to the County’s meeting portal, but it’s very quick! OR show up BEFORE 5pm to sign up in person. ).Families know firsthand that in our communities we don’t have adequate access to mental health care and services, with sometime tragic consequences for our loved ones. Jails and hospitalization do not address the underlying issues of mental illness. Your stories help us all tell our stories. Bring your families and loved ones to join us in saying we need additional mental health services.
- Email our County Commissioners expressing your support for the mental health tax—what it means to you and your family! (Find out what county commission district you live in here—and email your commissioner OR all our Commissioners at Commission@bernco.gov)
- Share our flyer and information about the Commission meeting on Facebook with your friends and family.
Want to learn more? Learn more here from our friends the YES on Mental Health Solutions Campaign website.