Senior Services Levy Q&A Sessions set March 19, 21
The Council for Older Adults will return to the ballot on May 7 to ask Delaware County voters to support the senior services levy. Passage of the levy is needed to continue to provide services for Delaware County’s growing number of older people and include essential in-home care such as Meals On Wheels, personal care, medical transportation, adult day care and much more.
In order to provide the community with an opportunity to learn about the levy request, there are two information presentations scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Thursday, March 21, 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Center for Older Adults, 800 Cheshire Road, Delaware. These are open to the public and will give attendees an opportunity to ask questions about the levy. Presenter will be COA Executive Director, Bob Horrocks.
The Council for Older Adults is requesting renewal of the existing 0.9-mil levy plus an increase of 0.3 mils, costing an additional 77 cents per month for every $100,000 of property valuation. 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 sponsorship income.
According to 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 years, the number of in-home clients served by the Council for Older Adults is expected to increase by 35 percent.
To register to attend, please RSVP to 740–363-6677.
The Council for Older Adults is a local nonprofit organization responsible for planning, developing, coordinating and providing services for older adults and their families in Delaware County. Among the Council’s services are the county-wide Meals On Wheels program and Senior Choices, a program that provides comprehensive care management and in-home services. Services provided by the Council are made possible, in part, by funding through our local senior services levy.