Commissioners to place Senior Services Levy on May Ballot
The Council for Older Adults ballot request for a renewal of its current levy and a small increase has been approved by the Delaware County Commissioners for the May ballot. If approved by voters the funds will enable current services to be continued for older adults receiving care today and for others expected to need assistance over the next five years. The Council provides essential in-home care such as Meals On Wheels, personal care, medical transportation, adult day care and much more.
According to Robert Horrocks, executive director of the Council, services made available through this levy enable seniors to remain living safely in their own home and this approach is much less expensive than nursing home care. “Most times a little bit of help enables local seniors to remain living safely where they prefer to be. It’s a win-win”, he said.
The additional millage request of 0.3 mills will cost about $9.20 annually per $100,000 of property valuation.
The additional millage is requested in order to keep pace with the rapid growth of Delaware County’s older population. According to the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University, Delaware County’s older population led Ohio in growth. From 2000 to 2010, the 65-plus population in Delaware County grew by 83.3 percent. By comparison, the growth of this same population during this period was only 7.7 percent for the state of Ohio. Over the next five year, the number of in-home clients served by the Council for Older Adults is expected to increase by 35 percent.
Under state law, senior services levies can last no longer than five years. Funding from the current senior services operating levy will expire at the end of 2013. More than 80 percent of the Council for Older Adults’ funding comes from levy dollars. The remaining funds are composed of grants, donations, service fees, sales and sponsorships income.
For more information or to learn how you can volunteer with the Council call 740–363-6677 or visit their website at < www.growingolder.org >.