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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Elderly Services levy wins by large margin

Hamilton County voters approved Issue 50, a renewal of the Senior Services, levy by a margin of nearly 75 percent.

The levy funds the Hamilton County Elderly Services Program which provides Meals on Wheels, transportation to the doctor, emergency call buttons and other basic services critical to helping seniors remain independent in their homes. Each year, the program serves more than 7,000 Hamilton County seniors and their families

"Once again, the voters have given a resounding `Yes` to the frail seniors of our community," said Suzanne Burke, CEO of Council on Aging, which administers the levy program for the Hamilton County Commissioners. "Because of your support, thousands of local seniors can remain in their own homes and avoid unnecessary placement in nursing homes. On behalf of our community`s older adults and their families, we thank everyone for their vote of confidence in the Elderly Services Program. As we have done for two decades, we will continue to carefully manage the program with our providers, stretching the taxpayers` dollars to provide the best services at the lowest cost for as many frail seniors as possible."

Issue 50 was a renewal of Hamilton County`s 1.29-mill Senior Services levy. It will raise about $19.3 million annually for the next five years. It costs property owners $29.34 annually per $100,000 of property valuation

The renewal will bring in several million dollars less than the previous levy because of lower property values. Council on Aging has already taken steps to save money by tightening eligibility and delivering services more efficiently. COA will continue to manage the program within the funding available.

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