Jackson County COMBAT to
Outline New Anti-Violence Focus
COMBAT Will Begin Providing Funds for Violence Prevention

September 29, 2013 (Kansas City, MO) – At Monday’s regular weekly meeting of the Jackson County Legislature, officials with Jackson County COMBAT (Community Backed Anti-Drug Tax) will outline new efforts to help address violent crime throughout the community. Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders and Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker will join COMBAT officials in presenting to county legislators on the expansion of the agency’s new anti-violence component.

The legislature will meet on Monday, September 30 at 2:30 P.M. The meeting will take place in the 2nd floor legislative chambers of the county courthouse in downtown Kansas City, Missouri (415 East 12th Street, Kansas City, Missouri).

COMBAT is funded through a one-quarter cent countywide sales tax. Since first being passed in 1989, COMBAT funds have traditionally been awarded to agencies focused on substance abuse treatment and drug prevention.

This week, COMBAT will be releasing a request for proposals to help fund agencies that specifically work to address various anti-violence strategies in Jackson County. The expanded anti-violence efforts undertaken by COMBAT will not affect funding levels for drug treatment and prevention, which will remain a focus of the agency.

County Executive Sanders as well as County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker will be available to the media immediately following Monday’s meeting of the Jackson County Legislature to discuss COMBAT’s new anti-violence focus.

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