The county's Tobacco Tax Commission adopted a resolution Wednesday opposing Proposition 28, a statewide initiative that, if passed, would effectively disband the commission.
Proposition 28, which is on the March 7 ballot, would stop the flow of $680 million statewide in tobacco taxes that were mandated by Proposition 10 and would wipe out a year's effort by commissioners.
Since its formation, the Children and Families Commission, one of 58 county commissions, has held forums and hearings to assess childhood development needs in Orange County, which has received $48 million in tobacco taxes. Proposition 10, which imposes a cigarette tax of 50 cents per pack, calls for spending on childhood development programs from prenatal stages to age 5.
The commission has targeted about $3.7 million for funding child care, health services and hospital support for families. But no checks can be drawn until a strategic plan is adopted, which is expected at the commission's Feb. 16 meeting.