On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, the Montgomery County Commissioners received the millage recommendation from David Melin, Chair of the Human Services Levy Council, to place Human Services Levy A on the November ballot as a renewal of the current 7.2 mill human services levy plus one additional mill.
“The Levy Council works very hard on behalf of everyone throughout Montgomery County to ensure that effective, efficient human services are available and accessible,” said Melin. “Renewing this levy and adding one mill will help secure an acceptable level of service stability through 2018.”
Since 2011, the human services budget has been cut by approximately $16 million. The 2014 county-wide property revaluation will result in an additional loss of nearly $5 million per year.
“We know that for over 50,000 children, families and seniors from every community in Montgomery County, these services are vital,” said Melin.
This issue primarily funds the work of county agencies such as the Job Center, Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS), Children Services, Developmental Disabilities Services, and Public Health-Dayton & Montgomery County. This issue also funds key senior services, health care for uninsured individuals and selected social services delivered by non-profit agencies under specific contract.
The human service levy funds life-changing services:
- Protecting vulnerable children from abuse and neglect
- Providing foster care for at-risk children and youth
- Helping children and adults with developmental disabilities
- Providing supportive services to people looking for work
- Preventing infectious disease with immunizations and health inspections
- Fighting the drug and alcohol epidemics
- Serving frail seniors so they can remain in their own homes
“Without this levy, about $70 million, more than half of our county’s human services funding, will be lost,” added Melin. “Services will be drastically reduced and cuts will be felt by citizens in every community in our county.”
If voters pass the levy in November, the owner of a home valued at $100,000 would pay an additional $3 per month.
On Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at the 1:30 p.m. Commission Meeting, the County Commissioners will consider a resolution to place the Human Services Levy on the November ballot.