Senior Services victory in Clinton County
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
The Clinton County Senior Services renewal levy passed by 75.99% of the vote
Read about this victory for seniors in the Wilmington News Journal. Thank you Clinton County voters!
Ohio`s Primary Election is March 6. Along with choosing local and national candidates, voters in Clinton County will also decide on a renewal of the Senior Services levy.
The county-wide levy is a renewal of the current 1.5-mill levy which is due to expire at the end of this year. If approved by the voters, it will not raise taxes.
The levy provides 85 percent of the funds needed to operate the Clinton County Elderly Services Program. The program provides Meals on Wheels, housekeeping help, medical transportation, personal care (bathing), and other basic services that help disabled older adults remain in their homes.
Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio administers the program via a contract with Clinton County Commissioners. Clinton County Community Action enrolls, assesses and manages the care of clients on the program.
According the program`s 2010 annual report, the Elderly Services Program served more than 510 local seniors in 2010. It serves seniors of modest means who do not qualify for Medicaid, but cannot afford to hire in-home help on their own.
- Local tax dollars cover 85 percent of the cost of the program. Additional funding comes from federal and state sources via COA, client donations and co-payments
- Voters have approved the levy since it first appeared on the ballot in 1998. The most recent levy - 1.5-mills - was approved by voters in 2007.
- The renewal of the 1.5 mill levy will generate $1,245,743 annually. It would cost the owner of a $100,000 house $47.20 annually or $3.93 a month.
- Provides 85 percent of funding for the Clinton County Elderly Services Program; if levy fails, the program will end
- Program provides Meals on Wheels, medical transportation and other services to help the elderly stay in their homes
- Average age of clients is 82; more than half live alone; more than 20% help pay for the cost of their own care; on average, clients spend more than $300/month on out-of-pocket medical expenses (Source: 2010 annual report)
For more information, visit www.helpourelderly.com.