Tax credit spurs aid for teen parents.Byline: BILL BISHOP The Register-Guard
Something funny happened when a state tax credit program for teen parent programs ended last year.
People started using it.
For years, Christel Kaufman could count on the tax credit to generate about $400 in donations at the end of each calendar year for the program she manages at Churchill Churchill.
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v. ex·pired, ex·pir·ing, ex·pires
1. To come to an end; terminate: My membership in the club has expired.
2. after 10 years.
When Kaufman finished counting, the 2001 donations came to $140,500. Most of the windfall windfall
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"Most of them were $5,000 or $10,000 donations," Kaufman said. "The community really stepped up at a time when schools are getting hit hard. This will help to keep us afloat. It's it's
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it's it is or it has
it's be ~have going to help provide curriculum, staffing and general education for all the children and teen parents. The impact is huge."
The same thing happened in the Junction City Junction City, city (1990 pop. 20,604), seat of Geary co., NE Kans., at the confluence of the Republican and Smoky Hill rivers; inc. 1859. The rail, trade, and processing center of an agricultural and dairy area, it grew as the supply point for nearby Fort Riley, School District, where the student-parent program got $70,000 in donations in late December December: see month. , district spokeswoman Jill Case said.
"We have never received any donations before," Case said.
Under the law, the money must be used to enhance services and not to reduce costs already covered by the district, she said. "This will give us time to really carefully plan to use the money," she said.
Statewide, 18 programs qualified for the tax credit under a law passed by the Legislature 10 years ago. The Churchill and Junction City programs were the only eligible ones in Lane County. A state Department of Education spokeswoman said data haven't been gathered on donations to other eligible programs.
The nonprofit A corporation or an association that conducts business for the benefit of the general public without shareholders and without a profit motive.
Nonprofits are also called not-for-profit corporations. Nonprofit corporations are created according to state law. Teen Parent Program at Churchill has operated for two decades, providing child care for teen parents and the public. But it also serves as a conduit conduit /con·du·it/ (kon´doo-it) channel.
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About 20 teen parents, some as young as 14, are enrolled in the program. The Junction City program serves eight teen parents.
"Some of these kids are great parents, better than many I've seen. Some need a lot of help. All parents need education," Kaufman said.
Kaufman and Case said the windfall was completely unexpected.
"We knew about the tax credit all along, but nobody had tapped into it," Kaufman said. "Then someone called and said they wanted to donate $10,000. I went, `Wow. That's great!' Then I had people start walking through the door."
Case recalled the first Junction City donation, a check for $10,000, came in a standard business envelope without a cover letter.
David Meredith, director of the Eugene Education Fund, said the tax credit program was aimed narrowly at nonprofit teen parent programs and was structured to allow people to donate cash or stock. The tax benefit varied, depending on how much people gave and in what form.
More than half of the donations came in stocks for both the Churchill and Junction City programs.
With state lawmakers poised to meet Friday to deal with a budget crisis, Kaufman said she doubts teen parent programs will get another tax credit opportunity anytime soon.
"This is nice at a time that is really scary scar·y
adj. scar·i·er, scar·i·est
1. Causing fright or alarm.
2. Easily scared; very timid.
scar for schools. We need to thank the community," Kaufman said. "I always appreciate volunteers and the time they give, but money really helps."
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