Butler County Elderly Services Program celebrates 20th anniversary

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Supporters and leaders of Butler County’s Elderly Services Program are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the program, which began after voters approved a first levy to fund it on November 5, 1996. Voters approved subsequent levies in 2001, 2005, 2010, and 2015.

County commissioners will issue a proclamation at their meeting on November 21 commemorating the anniversary. Other commemorations include an anniversary brochure, news article, and advertisement in the November 27 edition of the Journal News.

The decision to create the program began in 1996 when Council on Aging (COA) partnered with Miami University’s Scripps Gerontology Center to assess the in-home care needs of Butler County’s older residents. The assessment showed that in-home care needs were far outpacing the federal funds available through the Older Americans Act.

In May 1996, supporters created Butler County Citizens for Elderly Services, Inc. (BCCES). This community board was charged with informing residents about the levy, deciding policy for the levy program and overseeing expenditures.

COA, BCCES, area senior centers and many citizen volunteers worked together to collect petitions to place the levy on the ballot, which was done with cooperation of county commissioners. In November 1996, they celebrated a victory when the levy was approved by 58 percent of Butler County voters.

The program served nearly 3,800 seniors in 2015. For more information see the BCESP 2015 annual report. Council on Aging administers and manages the program via contract with Butler County Commissioners.