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Commissioners put renewal levy on November ballot

Jul 7th 2013 at 7:35 PM
Commissioners put renewal levy on November ballot
6/28/2013 12:24:00 PMCommissioners put renewal levy on November ballotCommunity News StaffXENIA Greene County residents will be faced with a 3.5-mill renewal levy for developmental disabilities when they go to the polls in November.The county commissioners unanimously voted Thursday to put a levy on the ballot. This will be the second renewal of a levy originally passed in 2004, according to John LaRock, director of the board of developmental disabilities. The board s levy of 3.5 mills makes it the lowest taxing developmental disabilities board in the Miami Valley and a full mill below the statewide average of 4.6 mills, LaRock said. If successful, this renewal levy would mean that homeowners would pay the same amount in property taxes for this levy as they did in 2004. According to the county auditor, for every $100,000 or appraised value, a homeowner would pay $95.99. LaRock said the levy will accomplish the following: Maintain current millage rates through 2019,Cheap NFL T Shirts For Sale, meaning the board will have operated 15 years without asking for an increase. Continue to process more than 3,000 service requests per year and allow for an additional 150 requests to be met annually. Allow the department to meet emergency residential needs. Allow the board to provide services to 175 individuals currently on the waiting list for home and community-based services. Allow the board to meet the health and safety needs of individuals served.Greene County became the second county in Ohio to pass a property tax issue dedicated to people with disabilities in 1960,wholesale nike NFL T-shirts, according to LaRock. Much has changed in 53 years. Once a school program for 40 children excluded from public education, the board in 2012 met close to 3,000 requests for services, including early childhood programs for children birth to three, employment and vocational programs, residential services, day habilitation, service and support administration, behavior management and respite programs. The financial support of Greene Countians has been consistent, LaRock said. A review of recent levy requests since 1986 reveals the board has been successful each time a request has been put before the voters. We believe the voters have continue to support the board because the organization has demonstrated the ability to be a good steward of taxpayers money, provide excellent programs and services recognizes its responsibility to provide for the health and safety of individuals with developmental disabilities.
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