On Tuesday, July 29, 2014, the Montgomery County Commissioners, based on recommendations by the Human Services Levy Council, approved placing a Human Services levy on the November ballot. This November, voters will be asked to renew the current 7.2 mill human services levy and add one mill.
“For over 50,000 children, families and seniors in Montgomery County, these services are vital,” said County Commissioner Judy Dodge. “We are a community that cares and we must pull together to take care of our most vulnerable residents.”
This issue primarily funds the work of county agencies such as key senior services, the Job Center, Children Services, Developmental Disabilities Services, Public Health-Dayton & Montgomery County, and Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS). This issue also funds selected social services delivered by non-profit agencies under specific contract.
“Every service is reviewed regularly by a hard-working local panel, the Human Services Levy Council, that includes independent business leaders, financial experts, and citizen volunteers,” said County Commission President Dan Foley. “We are committed to providing quality services to the most vulnerable in our community.”
“Right now, displaced workers are getting the valuable help they need at the Job Center and thousands of children are receiving immunizations, counseling or care because of this critical human services funding,” said Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman.
The human service levy funds effective, 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
If voters pass the levy in November, the owner of a home valued at $100,000 would pay an additional $3 per month.