The Montgomery County Commissioners, based on recommendations by the Human Services Levy Council, approved placing a Human Services renewal levy on the November ballot. This renewal levy will not raise taxes. In November, voters will be asked to renew the current 6.03 mill human services levy.
“For over 50,000 children, families and seniors in Montgomery County, these services are vital,” said County Commissioner Judy Dodge. “Without this levy, over $50 million will be lost, services will be drastically reduced and cuts will be felt by citizens in every community in our county.”
This issue primarily funds the work of county agencies such as 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.
“Every program is reviewed 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 ensuring these tax dollars are spent responsibly so that we can continue to provide quality services to the most vulnerable in our community.”
“Right now, displaced workers are getting the valuable help they need to be self-sufficient, thousands of children are receiving immunizations, counseling or care, and alcohol, drug and mental health services are expanding because of this critical human services funding,” said Montgomery County Commissioner Debbie Lieberman.
The human service levy funds life-changing services:
- Protecting vulnerable children from abuse and neglect and preparing them to thrive in school
- Ensuring elderly people who struggle with physical challenges can obtain health care, meals and assistance in their homes
- Providing early diagnosis and treatment for children with mental and physical disabilities
- Helping adults with developmental disabilities find housing and jobs, and live on their own as parents age
- Keeping us all healthy, with immunizations, flu shots, restaurant inspections, and disaster planning
- Expanding alcohol, drug, and mental health services and crisis access and treatment
- Teaching unemployed adults to find training and jobs to reduce dependence and support themselves
If voters pass the renewal levy in November, the owner of a home valued at $100,000 would continue to pay about $15.42 per month ($185 per year) in property tax.